I haven’t met Anne Bliss in person, yet I’ve gotten to know her well enough online that I know she is one smart, creative artist!
Her business, Bliss Designs was launched in 2003 after helping a friend start her jewelry business. Anne discovered how much she enjoyed using fine motor skills to create beautiful objects, especially with freshwater pearls. “Kicked Up Classic”, indeed!
I put a lot of thought into each component. Jump rings are oval and made of heavy wire. Covered crimps hide and protect the Soft Touch jewelry wire. I use a butterfly toggle on bracelets because it’s easy to do yourself, but is more secure than a bar toggle. Necklaces have a strong lobster clasp. All necklaces and bracelets include a Bliss logo tag at the clasp – be reminded to think blissful thoughts whenever you look at it.
What’s the one tool you couldn’t live without, in creating your art?
A folding crimp tool, pliers, hammer and anvil.
How has your art changed over time?
When I started, I used stones, pearls and some glass – a big mix. I’ve refined my product line to take advantage of the favorite findings that I’ve discovered over the years.
Now look what Anne’s gone and done! She has sliced copper pipe (recycled from her own house!), sanded, tumbled and darkened it – and filled it with resin, embedded with beautiful pearls. You can see her process photos in one of her Facebook albums.
What’s your favorite part of making your pieces? Least favorite?
I love beading. Stringing pearls on the wire is therapy for me. Least favorite would be tagging and pricing.
I like it when I can provide a Bride with jewelry gifts for her bridal party to wear on her special day. I like feeling that I’m a small part of their celebrations.
And here’s what I find most impressive about Anne – her desire and generosity in helping others. She’s an active member of our Rochester Artisans Yahoo Group, always posting with great knowledge and professional insight. She’s posted an entire page on her website, sharing her knowledge of pearls!
Best of all, Anne uses her powers for good! She and Mary Czajkowski got together years ago and created Bliss & Bejewelled Benefit Bazaars. They have been able to donate an incredible $50,000-plus (so far!) to local charities (Gilda’s Club WNY, Child & Family Services Haven House, Hospice Buffalo and more) by having their artists donate 20% of their sales. Read more about this on Bliss Designs’ press page. Most impressive.
Since 2008 she has also served on the board of Artists in Buffalo and is a partner with Urban Artisans.
She’s a do-er. I love do-ers!
Anne’s beautiful work can be found in these fine stores:
The Museum Store
Burchfield Penney Art Center at
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
56 E 8th Street
Holland, MI 49424
made by anatomy
569 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery
1168 Orchard Park Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
Livingston Arts Center
4 Murray Hill Dr., Mt. Morris