Cindy Holzclaw


I am both a bead artist and a scientist, and I specialize in geometric beaded structures. I've been a crafty person as long as I can remember, but I found my fascination with geometry exquisitely expressed through modular geometric origami. In this medium, several pieces of paper are folded into individual modules which are then assembled together to form the completed origami object. I turned to beadwork for a creative outlet while completing a rigorous doctoral program in biochemistry, and soon applied the principles of geometric origami to beads. I was immediately drawn to small clusters of beads known as "beaded beads." I have since applied my knowledge of biochemistry to beadwork to create accurate, beaded representations of molecules.

My fascination with new and interesting structures permeates my beading designs. I love to experiment with newly developed seed bead shapes, as well as the wide variety of shapes of Czech glass beads and Swarovski crystals. I enjoy the design process of combining beautiful colors and shapes of beads with the intellectual challenge of engineering the beaded object. Much care is taken to ensure that the resulting beaded beads are sturdy and durable for long lasting wearability, so that the beaded art can be enjoyed for years to come. While regularly shaped seed and glass beads form the core of my work, I also experiment with incorporating freshwater pearls, semiprecious stones, and handmade lampwork beads into my designs.

With a strong foundation as a trained academic, I share my beading ideas through writing detailed patterns and teaching. My patterns are fully illustrated and complete with troubleshooting tips to help students navigate through technical challenges, and my patterns also include photos of variations to inspire my students to explore additional possibilities for the designs. I love to see what my students will create with these designs, and I hope that you'll join me as well!

Awards and Publications

PRAW Flower Charm Earrings, Beadwork Magazine. Interweave Press, February/March 2016.

Artist Spotlight, Beadwork Magazine. Interweave Press, February/March 2016.

Beadwork Magazine 2015 Designer of the Year Series:

Featured Artist Profile, "The Science of Art" by Lori Ann White. Bead & Button Magazine. Kalmbach Publishing Co., August 2015.

Stitch Pro: "Prismatic Right-Angle Weave," Beadwork Magazine. Interweave Press, August/September 2015.

"How to Stitch Prismatic Right-Angle Weave," Web Seminar. Interweave Store, March 2015.

"Petals Necklace," Beadwork Magazine: Quick and Easy Special Issue. Interweave Press, Winter 2014.

"How to Make Beaded Beads," Web Seminar. Interweave Store, June 2014.

"Organic Inspirations for Beaded Beads," Web Blog. Beading Daily, July 2013.

"Endorphin Molecule," Finalist, Bead Dreams Competition, June 2013.

"Snowflakes Bracelet," Beadwork Magazine. Interweave Press, December 2012/January 2013.

Also seen in the 12 Days of Holiday Beadwork e-book, December 2014.

"Dewdrop Beaded Bead," Beadwork Magazine. Interweave Press,October/November 2012.

"Lavender Splendor" Honorable Mention, 2nd Annual Bead Star Contest. Bead Star 2009, Interweave Press, December 2009.


Ph.D., University of California, Davis (2010). Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

B.S., San Francisco State University, San Francisco (2005). Cell and Molecular Biology.