Pierson’s chart windows are also popular wall hangings. She sets a chart map inside of an antique window, and designs around the map’s features a flowing arrangement of shells or sea glass or stones from the area. “I’ve done custom charts for people where I’ll locate the chart of where they live and use shells and things that they’ve collected,” she says, noting that she’s designed windows with maps of Buzzards Bay, the Carolinas, and Florida.

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Regardless of the clientele or locale, it comes down to aesthetics. For the Florida crowd, she uses brighter blues and more tropical pieces, like ocean-tumbled glass, pottery, and shells that she finds in Key West or purchases from a couple in Bermuda that collects for her. For her Cape Cod clients, she incorporates shells from the area and slightly more subdued hues.

In the 10 years since she left the workaday world, Pierson says she’s actually worked harder than ever. However, the happiness she has found is a fair wage. “When I get up in the morning and the sun is shining through one of my window pieces, it puts a smile on my face,” she says. “When people see my work, I want them to think that is really beautiful . . .I don’t want them to think too deeply about it. I’ve had so many people say, ‘It just makes me feel good when I look at it.’ And that’s all I want.”

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Ashley Owen is a freelance writer and former editorial intern for Cape Cod Life Publications.

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