Marcia Poirier Wildabout Wampum
Naturally creative, Acadian artisan Marcia Poirier began her shell jewelry by chance.
Spotting a heart in a shell she plucked from a beach, she carved it out and wore it as a pendant. Requests from others led to a four-year search for better tools and methods.
Only later did she learn she was making Wampum - a lost art dating back centuries!
Today, Marcia shares her love of shells with other through her Wampum jewelry - while constantly designing new and ever-more-stunning pieces.
Marcia creates her works by sculpting the rare purple sections of the Quahog shell and the vivid pink hues of the Queen Conch. Purple Quahog shells occur only in areas where they absorb iron from the ocean floor, making them prized finds. Queen Conchs are larger shells found in tropical regions like Florida and Bermuda.
In Marcia's works, the Quahog and Conch shells are ground, carved, and sanded. Many are also accented with hand-crafted sterling silver highlighting.
Wildabout Wampum shell sculptures are the beautiful, lasting result of this lengthy and painstaking process.