Janet Fullmer Bajorek has been known primarily as a ceramic sculptor for the past thirty years.  However, she recently began a totally new artistic endeavor: making low-relief, painted wood assemblages from discarded wood industrial patterns.

Asked why she began making wood assemblages after a career as a ceramic artist, Fullmer Bajorek replied:

Because I am an artist and am driven to be creating something new at all times.

Because my father and brother were both patternmakers and left me dozens of wood patterns that are too fascinating to throw away.

Because I like the challenge of sorting through the old patterns to find sizes and shapes that can be used together in an interesting composition.

Because I like to recycle discarded objects and give them new life.

Because I like the mystery of each wood pattern – what was its metal casting used for originally, where was it used, how long ago was it made?


Janet Fullmer Bajorek attended the University of Redlands in California for the first two years of college, then transferred to the University of the Americas in Mexico City where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Latin American Studies.

She is an exhibiting member of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California.  She has owned and directed Iguana Galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1991.

See Fullmer Bajorek’s ceramic sculpture at iguana galleries.com.