Janet O’Rourke Designs

Janet and Jay O’Rourke

There is a secret mystical quality to our vessels. We are so happy with our new work. We have been making wooden boxes and vessels for over 40 years, our main concentration for most of our career were hinged boxes and vessels out of exotic hardwoods. We were feeling really bad about using rainforest wood so now that we are using found wood we are doing something good for the environment. We are published in over 14 books and numerous magazine articles; we are in museum and corporate collections all over the world.

All our vessels are made of found wood from storms; we cure the wood for about a year sometimes putting it in a compost pile to spault the wood, beautiful black patterns are brought out when there is a fungus in the wood.

Jay is the fantastic wood turner. He turns these pieces into hollow form wooden vessels and bowls. Then he gives them to me a blank canvas, I have my background in illustration so why not treat the wood like a canvas. I carve each finial mostly birds and other beautiful images from our garden, our inspiration! Then I use pigments on the woods with our own formula. Then I do Pyrography and paint the pieces and to most of these add a little magic. So if our work makes you smile and you feel good that’s our goal and we have made you happy!



Born Santa Barbara Ca. 1947

Santa Barbara City College

Self-Taught Woodworker


Born Los Angeles Ca. 1958

B.F.A. Illustration, Academy of Art College, S.F., Ca

Graduate work, Otis Parsons, L.A., Ca


De Land Fall Festival of the Arts, Honorable Mention, Deland, FL, 2012

Three Rivers Art Festval, Award of Distinction, Covington, LA, 2012

Winter Springs Festival of the Arts, Award of Merit, Winter Springs, FL, 2012

Winter Park Autumn Art Fest, 1st Place Wood, Winter Park, FL, 2012

Atlanta Arts Festival, 1st Place 3D Mixed Mdia, Atlanta, GA, 2012

Barefoot in the Park, Award of Creativity, Duluth, GA, 2012

Vero Beach, 3rd Place Sculpture, Vero Beach, FL, 2012

Winter Park Autumn Art Fest, 3rd Place Sculpture, Winter Park, FL 2011

Beaux Arts, 1st Place Wood, Coral Gables, FL, 2011

Art Fest Fort Myers, Merit Award, Ft. Myers, FL, 2011

Kentuck, Award of Merit, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2009

57th Street Art Fair, New comer Award Chicago, IL, 2009

Three Rivers Art Fest, Award of Distinction, Covington, LA, 2008

River Walk Fine Arts Festival, First Place Wood, Naperville, IL, 2008

Midwest Salute to the Arts, Award of Excellence, Fairview Heights, IL, 2008

Niche Award Finalist, Niche Magazine, 2005

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, 1st place, Wood, Fiber, Leather, 2003

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, 2nd place, Woodworking, 2002

Art in the Pearl, Best of Show; Portland, OR, 2000

Sausalito Arts Festival; 1st place Woodworking, Sausalito, CA, 1994

Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking Box Competition; 3rd place, Seattle, WA, 1994

Bellevue Museum Arts festival; Award for Quality and Presentation, Bellevue, WA, 1992

Sausalito Arts Festival; Honorable Mention, Sausalito, CA, 1992

Renaissance Pleasure Faire; Masterpiece Award, CA, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978


Dodie Baumgarten Collection, Figgie Art Museum, 2009

Dr. Randy Price and Mrs. Price, 2007

Mrs. Nina Hotvedt, 2004

Mr. and Mrs. Clint Eastwood, 2004

Dr. Dale R. Nish, 2003

Dr. Irving Lipton, Permanent Collection, 1999

Los Angeles County Museum of art, donated from the Irving Lipton Collection, 2001

Mr. Leonard D. DuBoff, 1999

Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Fleur Bressler, 1992

Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Tami Kegley, 1990, 1995

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kohn, 1995

Mrs. Sylvia Rosenburg, 1997

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sonnabend, 1997


Jury for Lower Town Arts Festival, Paducah, KY, 2008

Jury for Art in the Pearl, Portland, OR, 2003

Jury for Wood, All Shows. ACC, 1996, 1998

Jury for Sausalito Arts Festival, Sausalito, CA, 1993

Jury for ACC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1991

Jury for Yes Store Crafts Co-op, Santa Barbara, CA, 1985-1990

Jury for Renaissance Faire, Agoura, CA, 1986-1987


Mega Brand Puzzles


Heaven and Earth

Pulse Micro

Amazing Designs



Sarasota, Fl, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Charlotte, NC, 2007, 2008, 2009

Baltimore Crafts Fair, Baltimore, Md. 1987-2002, 2006-2009

San Francisco Craft Fair, S.F., CA, 1980-2002, 2006

Buyers Market of American Crafts, Philadelphia, Pa. Winter, summer, 2003-2005

Columbus Wholesale Market, Columbus, OH, 1994-1997

Springfield Crafts Fair, Springfield, Ma. 1990-1993

Atlanta Craft Fair, Atlanta, Ga. 1996, 1997, 1999, 2008, 2009

Bellevue Craft Fair, Bellevue, WA, 1997, 1998


Boxes and their Makers, Traveling exhibition,

Mobile Museum of Art, 2012

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum 2012

Ohio Craft Museum 2011

Fuller Craft Museum 2010

Messler Gallery 2009

Tea Pot Show, Morgan Gallery, Pittsburg, PA, 2011

Hot Tea 2, del Mano Gallery, CA 2011

Solo Show, Aphrodite Gallery, Paducah, KY, 2010

Featured Artists, Aspire Arts Gallery, Paducah, KY 2007-2009

American Artisan Festival, Nashville, TN. June 1999, 2008, 2009

Sofa, Chicago, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, 2007, 2008

Holidaze, Kentucky Museum of Art, Louisville, KY November 2006, 2007

Norman Kohn Collection, Bellevue Museum, Bellevue, WA, 2006

Turning Show, Aphrodite Gallery, Paducah, KY, November 2005

Box Show, Zazen Gallery, Bellevue, WI, 2005

Small Treasures Show, del Mano Gallery,Brentwood, CA, March 2000-2004

Celebrating boxes, Tullie House Museum, England Sept 2001-2003

Traveling world tour

Put a Lid on It, Carlyn Gallery, Dallas, TX, April 2002

Turning Show, The Real Mother Goose, Portland, OR, March 2002

Licensing/ International, New York, NY, June 2001, 2002

Featured Artist, Silverado, Hood River, OR, Dec. 2001

Invitational Box Show, del Mano Gallery, Brentwood, CA, 1998, 1999, 2000

Sofa, New York, Sandra Collins Gallery, Birmingham, MI, May 1999

Visiting Artist Series, Bolder Arts & Crafts Coop, Boulder, CO. 1999

Featured Artist, Artful Hand Gallery, Boston, MA. 1998

Wood Show, White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR, 1998

Holiday Collectibles, Sylvia Ullman, American Crafts Gallery, Cleveland, OH, 1997

Functional Elegance, Gallery of Functional Art, Pontiac, MI, November 1996

Space Contained, Apropos Gallery, St Louis, MO, April 1996

Featured Artist, The Real Mother Goose, Portland, OR, May 1995

Box show, Northwest Fine Woodworking, Seattle, WA, 1990-1995

The Art of the Wood Box; 1994, Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC

The Artful Hand, Boston, MA

Fanny Garver Gallery, Madison, WI

City Woods, Highland Park, IL

Artique, Lexington, KY

Clarksville Pottery, Austin, TX

Selo Shevel Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

Hanson Gallery, Houston, TX

The Gift Box, Edith Lambert Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 1994

The Tree Transformed, Eureka Crafts, Syracuse, NY, 1994

Boxes and More Boxes, Kohler Artspace, Kohler, WI, 1994

The White House Christmas Tree, A Celebration of the Creative Works of the Hand, 1994

The Art of the Wood Box 1993, American Artisan, Nashville, TN

American Details, Coconut Grove, FL

Apropos Gallery, St. Louis, MO

The Clay Pot, Brooklyn, NY

Craft Co. # 6, Rochester, NY

Hanson Galleries, Houston, TX

Beads and Boxes Show, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, CA. 1993

Jewelry Box Show, del Mano Gallery, Pasadena, CA. 1990-1993

Christmas Show, The Frame Gallery, Hood River OR. 1993, 2004

Valentine Box Show, Gallery IO, New Orleans, LA, 1992

Contemporary Wood Show, Banaker Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA. 1989-1991

Couples Show, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, CA. 1991

Imperial Woodworks, Works Gallery, New York, N.Y. 1989

Christmas Fantasy Show, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, CA. 1989

Stick Show, Art Connections, Bethesda, MD, 1989

Featured Artist, del Mano Gallery, Brentwood, CA, 1987


Under the Oaks, Vero Beach, FL, 2012, 2013

Naples National Art Festival, Naples, FL, 2012, 2013

Sanibel-Captiva Island, Sanibel, FL, 2013

Art Fest Ft. Myers FL, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

Naples New Years Downtown arts Festival, Naples, FL,2013

Beau Arts, Coral Gables, FL, 2011, 2013

DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts, Deland, FL, 2012

Three Rivers Art Fest, Covington, Louisiana, 2008, 2009, 2012

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, Pensacola, FL. 2011, 2012

Ocala Arts Festival, Ocala, FL, 2011, 2012

Winter Springs Festival of the Arts, Winter Springs, FL 2012

Winter Park Autumn Arts Festival, Winter Park, FL, 2011, 2012

Maitlin Art fest, Maitlin, FL, 2012

Atlanta ArtsFestival, Atlanta, GA, 2011, 2012

Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC, 2012

Barefoot in the Park, Duluthe, GA, 2012

Melbourne Art Festival, Melbourne, FL, 2012

Fine Art on the River, Savannah, GA 2012

Tarpon Springs Fine Art Festival, Tarpon Springs, FL 2012

Mount Dora Art Festival, Mount Dora, FL, 2011, 2012

Bonita Springs National Art Festival, Bonita Springs, FL, 2010, 2011, 2012

Palm Beach Fine Crafts Show, West Palm Beach, FL 2011

Surtex, New York, NY, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011

Festival of the Masters, Downtown Disney, FL. 2011

Craft Art, St. Petersburg, FL, 2010 2011

57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL 2009, 2010, 2011

Kentuck, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2009, 2010, 2011

Crafts America, West Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, FL, 2011

Arti Gras, Jupiter, FL, 2011

Art Fest Stuart, Stuart, Fl, 2009, 2011

Dogwood Festival, Atlanta, GA, 2010, 2011

Deland Outdoor Art Festival, Deland, Fl, 2011

Jackson Art Fest, Jackson, GA, 2011

Buckhead Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA, 2011

Art on Ponce Festival, Atlanta, GA, 2011

Coconut Grove, Miami FL, 2004, 2009, 2010

Sarasota Craft, Sarasota FL 2009, 2010

Brookside Art Fair, Kansas City, MO. 2010

Bayou City, Houston, TX 2010

Art Festival Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, 2010

Magic City Art Connection, Birmingham, Al 2008, 2009, 2010

St James Court Art Show, Louisville, KY, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Art on The Square, Bellville, IL, 2009, 2010

Art Spectacular at the Carillon, Springfield, IL, 2009, 2010

River Arts Festival, Memphis, TN, 2009, 2010

Downtown Arts Festival, Gainesville, FL, 2010

Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival, Winter Park, FL. 2002-2004, 2010

South University Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Village Arts and Crafts Fair Ashville NC 2009

Sarasota Masters Art Festival, FL 2009

Fest for All Baton, Rouge, LA 2009

River Walk Fine Art Fair Naperville IL, 2008, 2009

Art Fair on the Square, Lake Forest IL 2008, 2009

Midwest Salute to the Arts, Fairview heights, IL 2008, 2009

St. Louis Art Fair, St Louis Mo. 2007

Fest For All, Baton Rouge, LA 2009

Art Fair Laumeir, St Louis, MO 2009

Four Bridges, Chattanooga TN. 2007, 2009

American Artisan Invitational, Nashville TN 2008, 2009

Fire Fly Art Festival, Dickson TN 2009

Woodland Art Fair, Lexington, KY, 2008, 2009

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008

Art in the Pearl, Portland, OR, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Bellevue Museum Art Festival; Bellevue, WA 1991-1992, 2006

Naples Invitational, Naples, Florida 2006

Lakefront Art Festival, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI, 2005, 2006

Fiesta Arts Fair, San Antonio, Texas, 2005, 2006

Crafts at the Castle; Boston, MA. 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006

Boca Raton Museum Show, Boca Raton, Florida 2005

Art Rider, Crafts Park Avenue, New York, NY. 2003, 2004, 2005 spring, and Fall Show

Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Bellevue, WA, 2004, 2005

Contemporary Crafts Market; Santa Monica, San Francisco, Ca 1988-1990, 2002-2005

T-Shirt Design for Contemporary Crafts Market, 1990

Park City Arts Festival, Park City, UT, 2003, 2005

Best of the Northwest, Seattle, WA, 2003, 2004, 2005

American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL, 1998, 2002, 2005

Sun Valley Festival of the Arts, Sun Valley, Idaho 2004

Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO. 2004

Paradise City, North Hampton, MA. 2004

Best of the Northwest, Seattle, 2003, 2004

Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, D. C. 1992, 2003

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI. 2002

Sausalito Art Festival; Sausalito, CA. 1988-1997, 2002

Philadelphia Furniture Show; Philadelphia, PA 1995, 1996

Washington Craft Expo; Washington, D.C. 1993

The Yes Store; Santa Barbara, Ca. 1971-1990

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival; Mill Valley, Ca. 1987-1988

Renaissance Pleasure Faire; Calif. 1970-1987



New Masters of The wooden Box Fox Chapelle 2009

Boxes and Their Makers, Fox Chapel Publishing With an intro by Oscar Fitzgerald 2009

400 boxes, Veronika Alice Gunter, Tony Lydgate, Lark Books 2004

Celebrating Boxes, Andrew Crawford, Peter Lloyd 2002

Best Wooden Boxes; Popular Woodworking Books, Bruce Stoker; 1998

The Art of Making Elegant Wooden Kitchen Utensils; Tony Lydgate, 1996

Award Winning Boxes; Tony Lydgate, 1995

The Art of Making Elegant Wood Boxes; Tony Lydgate, 1993

Creating Small Wooden Objects as Functional Sculpture; Dona Z. Meilach, 1976

"Mermaid" Coloring Book, Janet O'Rourke 2012

"Zodiak" Coloring Book, Janet O'Rourke 2011

“Bee Bop Robot” Coloring Book, Janet O’Rourke 2009

“Fairy Dream” Coloring Book, Janet O’Rourke 2008


Paducah Life, Fairy Dreams 2009

Lo Down, Paducah Sun 2008

“Do you believe In Fairy’s?” Posh Magazine 2008

American Style, Woodturning center, 2007

Boca Raton Museum Poster 2006

Niche Magazine, Retail Details, and Fathers day ideas 2006

American Style, Stellar Performers, June 2005

Wood Turning Magazine, Vessels Article, 2005

Niche Magazine; spring, 1995, 2003

American Style; Treasure Boxes, article Dec/ Jan 1999

Furniture & Cabinetmaking; British Publication/ Peter Lloyd 1999

American Craft Magazine Del Mano Box Show Oct/ Nov 1998

American Craft Magazine; Advertisement for ACC Craft Shows; Dec. 1997 All issues 1998

Vogue Magazine; Germany; Nov 1997

Crafts Report; Nov 1996

American Style; Nov, 1996

Woodshop News; Melanie Winters, October, 1996

Home Magazine; Terry Capuana, June, 1995

American Woodworker; Band Sawn Box, Jay O'Rourke, Dec, 1995

American Craft Magazine; Studio Article, Kate Bonansinga, Aug/Sept, 1994

The Woodshop News; Liza Petursh; Dec, 1994

The Crafts Report; Jan, 1994

Southern California Home and Garden; August, 1989


Fiesta Art Fair Poster 2006

Crafts at the Castle Catalogue 2005

del Mano Gallery, Small treasures, Catalogue 2003

American Craft Flyer for Baltimore buyers, 2000

Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Corporate Catalogue; featured artists 1998

America on Line: Crafts at the Castle; 1996

PACT; A Week at a Glance, Calendar, 1996

Interveiw with Polly Timberman, Kaleidoscope, Hood River News, Nov. 2, 1994

Open Studio Tour, Hood River News, 1998


Hewlitt Packard, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011

Intel, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009

Vail, 2000

Mayor Willie Brown, S.F. 1997

Evergreen, corp. purchase/ Canada 1997

Rockwell, 1996

Scotia McLeod Canada, 1998

O & Y Enterprises Philip Reichmann Canada, 1998

Arthur Anderson Canada, 1998

Kazan, Mc Clain, Edisas & Simon, 1999


American Crafts Exposition, Breast cancer and ovarian cancer Auction Craft for a Cure 2005

Nutcracker Ballet: Costume Design/ Sets, Benefit for Hospice/ Fish, “Columbia Gorge Dance Academy” 1998-2005

Art director and head of Costume for “Columbia Gorge Dance Company”

Cherry Creek auction for children’s benefit; 2004

Hudson Valley Aids Auction; 1997

CERF; auction, ACC San Francisco, 1996

Greater Family Services of Boston Auction and Benefit; 1996, 2004

Directors of Celebration of the Arts; Parkdale Elementary School, Parkdale, OR 1994-1995

Treasure Boxes; Homeless Children's Auction; Baltimore, MD. 1994, 1995

P.A.C.T. Aids Auction; Tucson, AZ. 1994, 1995

Montessori School Auction; Santa Barbara, CA. 1987-1989