We have the utmost respect for designers. In addition to possessing massive talent, the designers we love most are also masters of creative problem solving, astute observers of the world around us, and incredibly hard workers. They don't just sit around waiting for lighting bolts to hit; they proactively seek out opportunities for inspiration on an almost daily basis. So this week, we tag along with a handful of designers to discover some of their go-to spots for creative stimuli. For our first stop, we head to Baltimore, Maryland with the lovely Dana Bechert.
According to Dana: "I maintain an urban garden here, and it is my very favorite place in the city."
She goes on: "An unlikely perk to living in a city like Baltimore is the abundance of vacant, overgrown space. For the last four years, I have stewarded a wild and evolving garden plot where I keep bees and grow flowers, food crops, and weeds. This magical space vibrates with life, from the busy pollinators and mulberry eating birds, to the bumping boom boxes on the corner. It's a complex portrait of this moment in time in Baltimore. I think of my pottery practice as a way to add value to the parts of life I already treasure most: nurturing and collecting plants and preparing and sharing food and drink. My garden is just another iteration of that same desire."
Thanks so much, Dana! Be sure to check out Dana's gorgeous vases in our Shop as well, and stay tuned for more fun designer outings all week!
*All photos courtesy of Dana Bechert
More to Love
Deep Zig Zag Vase by Dana Bechert
Flying Geese Cylander by Dana Bechert
Dazzle Equal Vase by Dana Bechert
Star Pitcher by Dana Bechert
Feather Pitcher by Dana Bechert
Labyrinth Cylander by Dana Bechert
Open Equal Vase by Dana Bechert
Angular Classic Vase by Dana Bechert
Longneck Winged Vase by Dana Bechert
Fineline Vase by Dana Bechert
Dazzle Fan Vase by Dana Bechert
Woven Zig Vase by Dana Bechert
Sawblade Platter by Dana Bechert
Blue Marbled Bowl from Dana Bechert
Tall Chamfered Vase by Dana Bechert
Milk Jug Vase by Dana Bechert
Equal Inlay Vase by Dana Bechert
Brick Dash Vase by Dana Bechert
Wide Optics by Dana Bechert
Wacky Inlay Vase by Dana Bechert
Arrow Bowl by Dana Bechert
Wishbone Vase by Dana Bechert
Flared Fineline Vase by Dana Bechert
Tall Rhombus Vase by Dana Bechert
Brick Pour-Over Coffee Set by Dana Bechert
Rose Wave Planter by Dana Bechert
Peach Pour Over Funnel by Dana Bechert