Laura Shea

Bead Artist
United States
I love creating complex polyhedral structures from beads and thread. My work explores classic geometric forms-whole and partial frame polyhedra, regular tilings and tessellations. I connect the component forms at contiguous polygonal faces to create chains and complex polyhedral structures. The open networks of tilings and frame polyhedra provide a magical space for light to play with glass that delights me.
Disco Ball Explosion
4 1/2 inches x 4 1/2 inches x 4 1/2 inches
Crystal 4mm bicones in Ruby and Crystal AB2x and monofilament
2013
An underlying great rhombicosadodecahedron supports twelve columns of two-and-a-half dodecahedra emerging from the twelve decogonal open faces of the great rhombicosadodecahedron. Twelve "soccer ball" pattern truncated Icosahedra adorn the end of each dodecahedral column. This is a new bead structure. The form has been at the back of my mind for some time. I like explore many ways to connect bead polyhedra at similar polygonal faces. Each decagonal open face allows me to make "half" a dodecahedron which then support two more dodecahedra and the end truncated icosahedra.
Venetian Nights
Length 21", Hollow Glass 20mm Beads with 6mm and 4mm accent beads
Hand Blown Glass Venetian Beads embellished with Triangle stitching, Nymo thread
2008-2013
Seven hand blown hollow glass Venetian beads, each covered with triangle stitching of one bead per side, two beads per side, three beads per side, four beads per side, five beads per side, six beads per side and seven beads per side in size 13 gold Charlotte beads and Nymo thread. Eight bead truncated icosahedra made from size 13 gold Charlotte beads and Nymo thread. Ten bead dodecahedra made of size 12 gold Charlotte beads and Nymo thread. Matte green glass round 6mm beads. Gold triangular clasp. All strung on Soft Flex wire.
This piece showcases the versatility of triangle stitching to adapt to a round form in seven different variants of the stitch and how small polyhedra can be made from small seed beads.
Torus Chorus
Length 16 1/2 in, Small Torus 10mm, Med Torus 14mm, Large Torus 18mm
3mm bicone crystals, Swarovski pearls, monofilament, sterling clasp, wire
2012
I learned to make the small torus from Bei Yaw Jin, although I use a single thread where he constructs his with two threads. I played with the pattern to expand it to show six pentagonal faces and seven pentagonal faces one both sides of the tori. When I showed Bei Yaw some of my early crystal tori he declared they were "nano" tori. I thought this combination of tori would make great necklace components. I continue to play with other configurations and color patterns.