Welcome, and please enjoy this website dedicated to beadwork sculptures by Leslie B. Grigsby. Leslie, a career museum professional, lives in Wilmington, Delaware and creates her artworks in glass seed beads and thread, sometimes over cores made of wood or other materials. Technical assistance, especially regarding woodworking and assembly, was provided by Leslie’s husband Lindsay Grigsby, until his sad loss in 2021. He is sorely missed.

Leslie’s works variously are inspired by science fiction, science fact, art history and/or Nature. They are included in private or institutional collections in the United States, Canada and Australia and have been exhibited at venues in the US, Canada, and Africa.

Contact Leslie Grigsby: LBGrigsby@verizon.net


  • Exhibited. “Water / Ways: Thinking Downstream,” Massoni Art, Chestertown, MD (April 1-May 4). View videoOver the Moon and Under the Sun with additional images.
  • Single Artist Virtual Presentation.  Leslie B. Grigsby Beadwork, Toronto Bead Society (March 9, 2022).
  • Work in progress. Head in the Clouds.










  • Work in progress.  Hide (Fawn).
  • Work joins private collection.  Changing Spots (Amur leopard)
  • Exhibited & 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).  Show featuring past and present employees of Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE.
  • Commission completed.  Jeannie’s Koi for private collector, Vancouver, BC.
  • Exhibited. The Beadmaker’s Art: Inspired by the Book 35 Artists Innovate with Beads” (August 1-September 7, 2013), Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA.  Show featured in critic’s choice section of  the Boston Globe, “The Week Ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums,” August 14, 2013.  (Raygun No. 5 and Southern to the Core.)
  • Work published.  Suzanne Golden, Suzanne Golden Presents: 35 Artists Innovate with Beads (Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, NYC, 2013), pp. 94-99.  Seven sculptures  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). Featured Work on gallery site.






  • 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 – 2014

  • Exhibited.  Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Exhibited 2006 and later.  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

MEMBERSHIPS (Selected): American Craft Council; InLiquid Art+Design (Philadelphia); James Renwick Alliance (JRA); American Ceramic Circle (Vice President, Past President); English Ceramic Circle

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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Life on the Edge (Gull)

Under the Sun

Over the Moon

Just Beneath the Surface (sea turtle)

life desaturated (squirrel)

I’m All Ears! (Margay)


Grigsby Beadwork - Tigger-Tiger

Social Climber (Squirrel)

Hide (Fawn)

Fountain of Youth (Fawn)

Fountain of Youth (Fawn)

Changing Spots

In Progress

Earth Series

It Dawned on Me (Airplane)

Koi Teapot

Grigsby Beadwork Koi Teapot

Jeannie’s Koi

Fish & Waterways

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

4 Elements (Helmets)

Outer Space

Freedom Cubed (4 Elements – Air)

Egyptian Teapot

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