Robert Bliss, sculptor, an interest that began in his childhood and continues to this day, was inducted into the Rockport Art Association in 1991 as an artist member and taught sculpture at RAA. He earned an artist membership at the North Shore Arts Association in 1993.
His most recent award was the Ivan N. Kamalic Memorial Award for his Bearskin Neck Bear. As a member of the Rockport Art Association, he has won several awards. He was awarded the Martha Moore Memorial Award for his sculpture entitled “Nintendo”, a study of his son playing the game on his computer. He also did a piece using his son as the model for a “high-action skateboarder. His use of a very traditional material to express a most contemporary activity is a wonderful touch“, Elisabeth Clark, North Shore Magazine. He also received the Richard Recchia Memorial Award for excellence in sculpture for a piece entitled “Sunning.”
He decided to try his hand at making decorative tiles several years ago because it was a satisfying way to capture nature. He was inspired by the ocean and its shore. He sculpts the original work in clay, makes a mold, hand presses the tiles, and lets them dry thoroughly before firing. After the bisque firing he and his wife, Karen, glaze the tiles and then they are fired a second time which brings out the beautiful, glossy, ocean-inspired signature color.
New customer projects include 20 horseshoe crab tiles in porcelain for a pool and 14 seahorse tiles for a kitchen renovation.
Robert has recently turned his skills to three-dimensional pieces (see Sculptures and Garden Sculptures). The bronze Gorilla is on permanent display at the Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA.
Our newest idea is to create sculpture for the garden. There are one-of-a-kind pieces such as a Box Turtle, a Pixie playing a flute and a Lizard. More moderately priced is the new Garden Sculpture series which includes Turtles, Ducks, Frogs, Toads, Lizards and a Snail.
California bathroom project
Three-panel Striper tiles used in a kitchen backsplash
framed in tubular glass tiles.
Artist - Designer - Sculptor Bob Bliss
Out of the mold
Molds used for Bliss Studio tiles