Show Schedule and Publications



 Leslie Kaplan will have a sales booth at the following events   in 2019


 January   12-13: Beaux Arts Festival, Miami, FL  (Coral Gables)

 January  19-20:   Suncoast Arts Festival, Wesley Chapel, FL

 April 26-28:  One of A Kind Show, The Mart, Chicago, IL

May 17-19:  Northern Virginia Arts Festival, Reston, VA

 June 8-9: CraftNewYork, Damrosch Park @ Lincoln Center on 62nd Street


September 6-8:   A Fair in the Park, Mellon Park, Pittsburgh, PA

September 13-15:  Artrider – Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst, Tarrytown NY

October 11-13:  Fine Crafts at Rittenhouse Square, The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, October 12-14



Leslie’s work is featured in the following juried exhibits and publications :

1000 beads, Lark Publications.  by Kristina Logan.   April 2014. Two of my pieces are included.

Celebrate the innovation and creative inspiration of contemporary beadmakers from around the world! This gorgeous volume in the popular Showcase series presents 1,000 unique beads, all handcrafted from a dazzling array of materials—including glass, polymer clay, ceramics, metal, paper, fiber, plastic, wood, and stone. Each one is a magnificent piece of art, whether on its own or in a piece of jewelry or other ornamentation.

Indelible: A Collection of Personal Narratives Expressed in Art Glass Beads

In everyone’s lives are moments that stand out, moments that we remember more clearly than others. We can call these certain memories to mind as if they happened just yesterday, no matter how much time passes. What makes these moments unforgettable may vary greatly. Maybe it was doing something for the first time or for the last time. Perhaps it was an entirely commonplace occurrence but one day, that one day in particular, something different happened. These are the moments that become etched in our memory permanently. Sometimes, all it can take to transport us back to that moment is a smell, a word, or a sound, and we can play that memory over and over again in our mind’s eye.

Reach back into your memory. Pluck out the details from one of your most memorable or special experiences. Take those sights and sounds and translate them into glass! Paint a picture of that memory using glass beads as your brushstrokes and jewelry as your canvas. Turn that special memory into a wearable work of art.

Indelible was an opportunity for ISGB members to participate in a special exhibition that opened in conjunction with our twentieth anniversary Gathering in Bellevue/Seattle, Washington.  The exhibition is currently at the Kobe Glass Museum, Kobe Japan.

'My Father's Garden'

 Three x Two

Three X Two is a collaborative effort between the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) and metalsmiths from the Seattle Metals Guild (SMG). ISGB beadmakers were invited to create three (3) similar focal beads which would be incorporated by the metalsmith into pendants, rings or brooches. The beadmaker and metalsmith each retained one of the finished pieces. The third piece was on display during the 20th Anniversary Gathering conference at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery and be available for sale to the public.  Unsold pieces have since been moved to another Seattle area gallery.  I teamed up with a Seattle metalsmith, Lynn Vernon.  Our pieces were made with my cabochon roses and Lynn’s wonderful skills with chasing and repousse.


From the Earth to the Fire and Back, Pittsburgh Glass Center, March 2010



I have three pieces on exhibit in this environmentally themed show:  ‘Floracycle’ made of copper wire and glass flowers and leaves made of melted and reshaped bottles.  The flowers are acid-etched to give them that beach-glassy look.  ‘ Hydrocyle’ was all about the water cycle in a necklace – glass spirals flowing off of a peyote fringed framework, with white spirals in the middle representing the rain/snow/atmospheric water, flanked by greens on one side for plants, and blue on the other side for free water.    The third piece is mostly recycled copperwire wrapped around repurposed ‘rings’ of various materials I found at Construction Junction – leather, rubber, metals.  They are mixed with recycled bottle glass leaves I melted, too, and the whole piece is delicate and trembly.

Convergence II
Adorning the Past, Present & Pretend

Did you ever wonder what type of bracelet might have been worn by the Greek goddess, Persephone of the Underworld? Or perhaps what style of necklace Sigmund Freud might design? Visit the Artist Hall at HCCC to discover how members of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) have been inspired by persons of fact and fiction in this phenomenal juried exhibition. Convergence II features 55 pieces of stunning jewelry—including necklaces, brooches and collars—all made of handmade glass beads. Each piece is inspired by a person from history, real or imagined, and designed with that person in mind.

My piece was designed with Imelda Marcos in mind.  It is entitled:

Excess - Imelda Marcos Style

Excess - Imelda Marcos Style

‘Excess – Imelda Marcos Style’.  There are a multitude of flameworked glass shoes strung amid tropical beaded-wire foliage.  Imelda Marcos, the wife of deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos of the Phillipines, is often remembered for symbols of the extravagance of her husband’s political reign such as her collection of 2700 pairs of shoes.

This show opened in July, Rochester NY during the 2010 ISGB Gathering.

It will move to the

Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum (  from April 16 to July 4, 2011. During this extended time period, the exhibition will be moved to also participate as part of the Bead Art Show in Yokohama (  from May 20 to 22, 2011.


Houston Center for contemporary Craft

September 25 – November 28, 2010
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 5 PM; Sunday 12 – 5 PM

400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 3 – June 7, 2011


126 W. Main Street

Lancaster, Ohio




Convergence Exhibit

A juried competition of handmade glass bead jewelry in the the theme of ‘The Elements – Air, Water, Fire and Earth’, co-sponsored by the ISGB and the Bead and Button Magazine.  The exhibit will be displayed in the following places:

'Harvest', designed for the Earth Element

'Harvest', designed for the Earth Element

126 W. Main Street
Lancaster, Ohio
May 1 – May 24, 2009

400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 3 – June 7, 2009

2911 Grand Avenue
Coconut Grove, Florida
June 20 – July 24, 2009


Bead and Button Magazine’s ‘Jewelry Designs with Art Glass Beads’ , October 2009 – On Sale now!

Several of the winners of the ‘Convergence’ contest will be featured in this  special ‘step by step’ issue in October, 2009.  My necklace, ‘Harvest’, was chosen, and it is accompanied with a ‘how to’ that I wrote for using disc shaped beads in jewelry.


Perspectives: Traditions and Innovations in Glass Beads

The ISGB informed me that my bead ‘Flounced’ , seen at the right, was one of the beads chosen for thier  2009 Perspectives exhibition and part of the GAS Conference in Corning, New York!

This juried exhibit presented by ISGB, represents the endlessly captivating styles, techniques, and processes used in contemporary glass beadmaking. Unique color, form, and textural elements were combined to highlight the infinite possibilities of glass, as expressed by our members. Artists were encouraged to create a bead that best captured their inspiration, innovation, and personal “voice.”

This distinctive collection of small wonders in glass artistry can be enjoyed June 5 to September 7 at the Radisson Hotel, Corning, and opens specifically as part of the 2009 GAS Conference. Artists, collectors, gallery and museum personnel, writers, and critics from around the globe will come together to celebrate the medium that unites us all – glass!