It’s mid-morning and Maura Dickerson is talking to her cat Mews and to the shamrocks that grow in her garden. Sometimes she plays them music. And she always encourages them before she picks the ones ready to become part of the jewelry she’ll be offering at the Galway Market.
“I tell the big ones they have done their job and need to make room for the babies to grow. I pick the ones I need for the jewelry and just talk to the rest. I know it sounds crazy but I do think it makes a difference,” she says.
Owner of Ocean Moon Designs, she has been selling at the Galway Market for years now but it’s only the past half dozen or so that she’s made a name for herself with her silver shamrocks.
She impresses a single shamrock into silver that looks like putty, bakes it in a kiln where the shamrock burns out and leaves an imprint in the silver. Those silver shamrocks become necklaces and earrings people from around the world are taken with.
In fact, she keeps track of where they go and so far she knows they have been taken back to every state in America, and on every continent worldwide. That is a lot of silver shamrocks!
“Most people think they are made with a stamp,” she tells me. “When I explain that each one is a real shamrock and that no two are ever alike, like snowflakes, they really take interest and spend some time picking out the perfect one for them.”
You can find Maura and Ocean Moon Designs weekends at the Galway Market, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Etsy. Hear her tell all about how she makes them and why in episode 33 of Erin’s Isle.