By Jenny Vickers Chyb
The Asbury Park Bazaar's "Meet the Maker AP" series highlights local and regional artists and makers that you can find at our upcoming Valentine's Market taking place Saturday & Sunday, Feb 11 & 12, from noon to 5 pm in the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall in beautiful Asbury Park!
Today's #MeetTheMakerAP is Judith Kerrisk and Frank Natale of Dark and Delicate. Together, they make unique, one-of-a-kind mugs to fit your unique one of a kind personality. Each mug is delicately hand pressed at their home studio in Bradley Beach. They've been long time vendors at the Asbury Park Bazaar, so it's been exciting to watch them grow. Be sure to shop their goods tomorrow, Sat. Feb 11th, at our Valentine's Market! They'll have plenty of perfect gifts for your love - handmade coffee mugs with over 30 different designs, as well as handmade wood home decor.
1) How did your business get its start?
Dark and Delicate was born in a small kitchen in Wilmington,NC. When we started out we were hand painting coffee mugs, wine glasses, and liquor bottles. Now, we have tripled in size and are expanding everyday. This is our first time at the Valentine's Bazaar as we couldn't be more excited!
2) What motivates you as an artist and maker?
The fact that people come out and support us and constantly buy mugs from us is what motivates us the most. The better we do, the more it motivates us to create different things and to grow.
3) What are you most looking forward to at the Asbury Park Bazaar this Valentine's Market?
Like many of the other bazaars, we can't wait to see all of the vendors that are participating. We have been a part of these events for about a year an a half, and you start to develop relationships with other businesses and become this weird little vendor family.
4) Where do you live and what inspires you about living there?
We have recently Moved our studio from Asbury Park to near by Bradley Beach. We love being in this area because of the beach, the history and all the local artisans. When you meet a lot of the people here they are so inspiring, people don't give up here. The town is filled with young musicians, and artists, and everyone pushes and supports each other.
5) Why should people shop small / shop local for Valentine's and year round for that matter?
I think shopping small is so important. Like I said, the more people buy from Us the more we want to do. The more it pushes us to create. So make sure you come! We cant wait to be a part of the Valentines Bazaar this 2017! See you all there!