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Welcome to our vibrant artistic community in Wildwood, MO! We are a passionate group of artists dedicated to providing a space where individuals can freely explore and nurture their creativity. Our studio is a haven for those seeking to dive into the artistic process and unleash their imagination.

At our studio, we offer a range of beginning and intermediate ceramics classes. Whether you're a novice or have some experience with ceramics, our small classes and individual coaching approach ensure that you receive personalized attention and guidance on your artistic journey. Our friendly and welcoming environment makes it easy to connect with fellow artists and share in the joy of creating.

While ceramics is our current focus, we have big dreams for the future. We aspire to expand our offerings to include other artistic disciplines such as music, painting, drawing, photography, fabrics, woodworking and blacksmithing. We are actively seeking talented instructors and exploring opportunities to bring these artistic forms to our community. Stay tuned as we grow and evolve!

We believe in the power of getting our hands a little dirty and getting lost in the process of creating art. It's through this immersion that we discover new ideas, gain confidence, and find a sense of fulfillment. Join us on this artistic adventure as we inspire and support one another to embrace the joy of self-expression.

Come and be a part of our artistic community. Let's create, learn, and explore together!




If you're interested in becoming a part of our ceramic studio community as a studio user, educator, or supporter, we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to reach out to us with any inquiries, questions, or expressions of interest. We welcome individuals who are passionate about ceramics and art to join us in creating a vibrant and inspiring environment.

Whether you're looking to become a member, join our team of educators, or support our studio in other ways, we value your enthusiasm and involvement. We believe in fostering a diverse and inclusive community where creativity can flourish.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're excited to connect with individuals who share our love for ceramics and the arts. Let's explore the possibilities together and create something beautiful!



Founder & Executive Director

Doug Gilberg is a native of St. Louis and has spent the past 35 years as an entrepreneur in the nursery and real estate fields. His passion for the living world has been demonstrated by his work at Gilberg Perennial Farms working with many aspects of ornamental horticulture and natural history. Doug also worked for Abengoa Bioenergy developing cellulosic energy growing systems as a Project Development Manager.

Doug’s passion for clay goes back to his days at U City High where he found his love of ceramics. Since then, clay has been a constant in his life and has brought focus and calmness to his life. He was fortunate enough to work with Victor Bassman for eight years in a small community of potters who gathered every Saturday and Sunday to create under the guiding eyes of Victor.

Doug’s vision for the WGA has been developing for many years and after four years in corporate life, it was time to put the vision into reality.

“I am excited to share my passion for clay and build a new artistic community in Wildwood. We are in the beginning of an interesting adventure that will be a tremendous benefit to our community”




Daven, a devoted advocate for community development, has spent over 20 years immersed in the realm of real estate investment. Growing up in St. Louis and having a lifelong appreciation for the arts, Daven is no stranger to creative endeavors. He possesses a diverse range of talents, showcasing his artistic abilities as the Bubble Wizard, mesmerizing audiences with his incredible bubble creations. Additionally, Daven demonstrates his musical talents by playing the didgeridoo and percussion during late-night jam sessions.


Enthusiastic about the potential of a creative space, Daven envisions a place where artists from all corners of the region can come together to uplift and enrich the city. His passion extends beyond the realm of art, as he also aspires to educate people about the creative and natural arts. Keep an eye out for future classes led by Daven, where he will share his knowledge on topics such as gardening, composting, worm farming, and more. His dedication to fostering a vibrant and sustainable community shines through in his commitment to sharing his expertise with others.



Co-Founder & Musician

Nathan co-founded WGA with the idea that artists from different mediums have the ability to inspire each other and collaborate to create a community. A touring musician and audio engineer by trade, Nathan grew up in a household of painters, potters, piano players and aspiring cooks, and strives to recreate that environment in an arts community. 


Over the past 17 years of live performance Nathan has performed or produced shows in all 48 of the continental United States and played with dozens of local and touring acts. In 2016 he joined River Kittens as bassist and occasional co-writer, playing on both their releases and touring coast to coast. Since 2018, Nathan has toured as the front of house mixing engineer for the Devon Allman Project/Allman Betts Band/Allman Family Revival family of bands, bringing high production rock and roll to amphitheaters and performing arts centers all over America.


Nathan Is an alumni of Webster University St. Louis and Berklee’s Boston campus. 



Art & Web Director

Kristina's artistic journey began during her time at Missouri State University, where she pursued a degree in Electronic Arts: Interactive New Media. Alongside her major, she minored in art  and studied advanced ceramics. Exploring her passion for both digital media and the tactile art of ceramics. After graduating in 2019, she relocated to Kirkwood, Missouri, closer to her family in St. Charles, and recently bought her first home in Ballwin, closer to the studio.

After 2 years without studio after college, Kristina became a member of WGA in the spring of 2021. Coming from a college ceramic studio with a demanding workload, she was attracted to the relaxed atmosphere at WGA, where she could create without the pressure of being graded. While Kristina enjoys wheel throwing, she is particularly drawn to teaching hand-building techniques. Additionally, she runs her own design studio called KFDdesign, where she utilizes her skills in graphic design, web design, photography, and videography for local small businesses and individuals.

In January 2022, Kristina took on the role of Studio Manager at WGA, infusing the organization with fresh energy. She revamped their social media pages and created the website you are currently browsing. Her experience and expertise have been instrumental in enhancing the studio's online presence and community engagement. In 2023, she transitioned to the role of Art & Web Director, focusing on the behind-the-scenes business aspects of the studio and stepping away from teaching classes.

In addition to her artistic pursuits, Kristina shares a life with her husband, Trevor. They are proud owners of two beloved German Shepherd mix dogs, Gryffin and Kodak, who bring love and chaos to their home. As they eagerly anticipate the arrival of their first son, Gordon, in July. They look forward to sharing their love for nature and outdoor activities with their son and other future children.



Meet Emily, a multi-talented ceramic artist who has become an invaluable member of our studio community. Starting her journey as a passionate pottery enthusiast, Emily quickly immersed herself in all aspects of studio life. She became a dedicated working member, lending a helping hand with workshops and studio management, and sharing her expertise with fellow members.

Emily's commitment and talent didn't go unnoticed, and she soon transitioned into an instructor position. As an instructor, Emily brings her passion and knowledge to teach introductory classes and workshops, guiding students through the foundations of ceramics and helping them unleash their creativity.

When she's not in the studio, Emily enjoys spending time at home with her two-year-old son, boyfriend Daniel, playful Siberian Husky, and curious cat. As a dental receptionist during the day, Emily brings her attention to detail and organizational skills into her pottery practice, creating beautifully crafted pieces with a touch of precision.

Emily's creative journey has taken various forms over the years. From making bath bombs to crafting intricate cakes, she has always been drawn to artistic pursuits. Now, pottery has captured her heart, providing her with a new and fulfilling artistic outlet. Her dedication and enthusiasm for pottery shine through in every piece she creates.

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