Bowerbird Handmade offers a make-your-own pendant table during the Rockland Art Market Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mildred Merrill Park, Main Street overlooking Harbor Park. Visitors can choose a piece of sea glass, recycled glass or beach stone and have it made into a custom pendant while they wait.

Ashley Megquier is the creative force behind Bowerbird Handmade, a small art business based in Belfast offering sea glass, beach stone and fine silver jewelry. She is mostly a self-taught artist who likes to work in a variety of media. Along with jewelry, Megquier sells a line of nature-themed note cards featuring her illustrations.

Megquier strives to make Bowerbird Handmade as environmentally friendly as possible. She uses found and recycled materials whenever available, and makes sure that any materials she buys are produced in sustainable ways. Her note cards are printed on carbon-neutral, chlorine-free, 100-percent recycled paper by a local printing business. All packaging is fully compostable or recyclable, and 10 percent of Bowerbird Handmade’s annual profits are donated to local environmental organizations.

Megquier grew up in Maine, spending most of her childhood playing in forests and combing beaches. A lifelong collector of sea glass and beach stones, she enjoys recycling found objects to create jewelry.

“I love how these little tokens tucked into boxes or jars can conjure such vivid memories. I try to very hard to evoke a sense of place with my art. A silver swirl on a sea glass pendant might remind someone of the surf that washed endlessly over the piece of glass for a hundred years, creating its unique form. I love that jewelry is an art form that you can wear and take with you wherever you go,” she said.

Her newest artistic endeavor has been working with precious metal clay to create fine silver jewelry. She enjoys making impressions in the clay with antique buttons, old forks and objects found in nature. Using found objects in her jewelry because it adds an element of history and character to each piece, said Megquier.

Although she has been lucky enough to travel the world, Megquier continues to feel a deep connection to Maine. While living in Madison, Wis. she found herself looking at a coal-fired power plant out her apartment window and missing the beautiful landscapes of Maine. She began to draw, from memory, elements of the natural world that she missed so much from home. Those drawings became the extensive line of note cards that Bowerbird Handmade now sells.

The Rockland Art Market is held every Thursday through Sept. 15. For more information, visit

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