Bethany is the artist, designer, maker and owner behind Bela Begonias. She was born into the Appalachian mountainside of eastern Tennessee, and later immersed in the vibrant culture of Asheville, North Carolina before finding her way to Nashville. Her art is an organic reflection of the mountainous landscapes from which she came, heavily influenced by nature, earth tones, the beach and ocean, the southwest and countless other wonders this incredible world creates. She is a walking wanderlust, having spent years exploring the world at each opportunity given. Although she studied art, design and fashion in college, the courage to “be an artist” seemed unrealistic upon entering “the real world.” After a decade of feeling like a round peg trying to fit into a square hole, in 2015, Bethany (with the undying support and true belief in skill from her loving husband) finally took her vision, studies, travels, ethos and experience and cultivated it into a single leap-of-faith that is now Bela Begonias.
The beginning was a humble one. Tucked into the attic, the only space available in their tiny East Nashville cottage, Bethany set up a makeshift shop and… started MAKING! She was terrified of failure, of putting her heart and soul out into the world and of the simple fact that there would no longer be a salaried paycheck showing up in the bank account every other Friday. Some days were highs and some days were lows. Some days are still highs… creating a new design that is inspired and satisfying… and some days are still lows… a vision not quite developing as intended or how overwhelming it can be to keep a thumb on every aspect of moving a business forward.
Bela Begonias is rounding the one year corner; in looking back on the launch of the website, the acceptance and success at several shows, being carried at three local Nashville stores, the growing support from the public and the continued encouragement from her family and friends… Bela Begonias is reeling and hopeful about what the future can bring!
Purchasing a piece of Bela Begonias jewelry or ceramic art is an investment in quality. If you know Bethany, at some point or another you’ve likely heard one of her quips… “quality over quantity” or “form must follow function” or maybe “waste not want not.” Cliche? Maybe… True? Absolutely. Bela Begonias stands firm on the idea that your jewelry will last for years and your ceramic piece might be passed down to your child. Quality IS more important than quantity. Each piece is created with care, precision and a perfectionist’s eye. The materials used have been tried and tested.
Lastly, Bela Begonias want’s to express a world of gratitude to you, the customer, for seeking unique and artful design. “Thank you for supporting the entire artist community and for passing your experience and BB finds along to your friends and family!”
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