Welcome to Leslie B. Grigsby’s Beadwork site.  Leslie lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and creates sculpture using glass seed beads and thread, sometimes over a core made of wood or other materials.  Technical assistance, especially regarding woodworking and assembly, generously is provided by Leslie’s husband, Lindsay Grigsby.

Leslie’s works variously are inspired by science fiction, science fact, art history and/or Nature.  They are included in private and institutional collections in the US, Canada and Australia. Exhibition venues include the US, Canada, and Africa.


  • Upcoming exhibition. Private Thoughts: Beadwork Sculpture by Leslie Grigsby, loan exhibition (single artist) for New York Ceramics & Glass Fair, NYC, January 19-22, 2017.





  • Work in progress.  Hide (Fawn).
  • Work joins private collection.  Changing Spots (Amur leopard).
  • Exhibited & work published.  The Artists of Winterthur: A Collective Exhibition, The Oxford Art Alliance, Oxford, PA (September 6-28, 2013).  Featured in John Chambless, “A concern for the past unites Winterthur artists,” Chester County Press (September 11, 2013).  This group show included past and present employees of Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE.
  • Sculpture commission completed, joins private collection.  Jeannie’s Koi.
  • Exhibited. The Beadmaker’s Art: Inspired by the Book 35 Artists Innovate with Beads” (August 1-September 7, 2013), Mobilia Gallery, 358 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA.  Show featured in critic’s choice section of  the Boston Globe , “The Week Ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums,” August 14, 2013.  (See Raygun No. 5 and Southern to the Core [bowl].)
  • Work published.  Suzanne Golden, Suzanne Golden Presents: 35 Artists Innovate with Beads (Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, NYC, 2013), pp. 94-99.  Seven Grigsby sculptures are featured: Egyptian Teapot, Fish teapot, Raygun No. 3 and Four Elements (Helmet series).
  • Exhibited & featured work.  Snyderman Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA.  Changing Spots (Amur leopard) , also listed as Featured Work on gallery site.



  • Work joins NASA Collection.  Rocket Ship No. 2  (Selected, after becoming finalist in competition, see below.)
  • Work in progress.  Egyptian Teapot, a commission for the Kamm Teapot Foundation.




  • Exhibited.  (Snyderman-Works Galleries) Annual International Exposition of Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), 57th Street Armory, NYC (Spring)
  • Exhibited.  Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA
  • Exhibited.  Turning Point Gallery, Media, PA


  • Exhibited.  Annual International Exposition of Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art (SOFA), 57th Street Armory, NYC (Spring).  Display of work shown by Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Exhibited.  Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA
  • Exhibited.  Blue Streak Gallery, Wilmington, DE

2006 – present

  • Exhibited.  Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA
  • Exhibited.  Annual International Exposition of Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art (SOFA). Venues: Navy Pier, Chicago, IL (Fall); 57th Street Armory, NYC (Spring).  Display of work shown by Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA.

1999 – present

  • Curator and then Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, Winterthur, Delaware.

Fri pm--Leslie & Lindsay (2) cropped

4 Responses to “Welcome and Bio”

  1. June 9, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Leslie, it was a pleasure to meet you yesterday and to look at your website and BEAUTIFUL pieces! I do see that we both love details and I look forward to future contacts with you. Judy Carter

  2. 3 Pat Szanto
    September 23, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Dear Leslie,

    I just found your site and I think your work is out of this world! Question: what method do you use to attach the beads to the objects? Thanks in advance, Pat Szanto

    • October 4, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Pat, Thanks for taking an interest! The beads are attached to one another by thread…so if I didn’t have some sort of a form underneath it, the whole beadwork could be lifted up like a fabric/cloth. Do a search online for “peyote stitch” to learn about my favorite beading stitch. (It’s especially flexible when one wants to cover irregular surfaces. On the Egyptian Teapot, I additionally used a stitch called “square stitch.” If you have more questions, you can email me at Lgrigsby@winterthur.org. Best, Leslie

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In progress: Midnight (Fawn)

In progress: Still Awake at Midnight (Fawn)

Recent Work: Koi Teapot

Grigsby Beadwork Koi Teapot

Recent Work: Tigger-Tiger

Grigsby Beadwork - Tigger-Tiger

Hide (Fawn)

Leslie Grigsby Beadwork - Fawn (Hide)

Changing Spots

In Progress

Jeannie’s Koi

The 4 Elements (Helmets) Series

Outer Space (Series: Ray Guns, Rocket Ships and Eclipse)

Earth & Globe (Series)

Water and Fish (Series: Waterways)

Teapot: If You Drink Any More Tea, You'll Turn Into a Teapot

Egyptian Teapot

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