About Our TeamLearn more about the people behind Wildwood Green Arts.
Executive Director, Ceramics Instructor
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”
Intermediate Ceramics Instructor
15 years ago David Warner was invited under the tutelage of Nationally recognized Ceramic Artist and Teacher and great friend Victor Bassman . Rekindling his love of clay arts from college days Victor helped me to hone my skills and techniques to the point I became a Volunteer Teacher Assistant with Ceramic Artist and Teacher Guy Sachs at Ladue High School who taught the continuing education for Meramec Community College. David also has given many weekends to the students at Ladue High School with their ceramic projects and teaching them,the patience and skills to exceed and succeed in Ceramic Arts . David is in his fifth year as the volunteer guest demo potter for The Art Fair at Queeny Park . Additionally David has a clock and watch restoration business in Manchester,Mo and in that business since 1978. He is a graduate of The Kansas School of Watch and Clock Repair,a published author and national consultant in the field of Horology . He is honored to be part of the founding family of Wildwood Green Arts with owner founder and lifetime friend Douglas Gilberg and close friend and High School Alum Carynn Kiger who has contributed countless hours and days in the creation of Wildwood Green Arts.
Carynn Kiger is a native St. Louisan. She has had a creative desire from early on and has found her passion in ceramics and photography. She finds they both bring a peaceful focus to her life but also an intense desire to learn more. She received her ceramics training from ceramic artist Victor Bassman and David Warner. She has contributed endless hours of her time to the development of Wildwood Green Arts and looks forward to sharing her passion with others.
Fielding Poe began his journey in ceramics in 2000 in the adult continuing education program studying under Jim Ibur, who is currently professor of ceramics at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. He has held a number of positions including English Arts instructor, Certified Welder, Pipefitter and he is currently a civil trial attorney. He has been teaching ceramic/pottery skills to other adults in an evening class setting since 2006.
Dr. Doug Pernikoff is a long time resident of Wildwood, and a practicing veterinarian in Chesterfield, Missouri. Doug has always been interested in the arts, both as a lifelong collector of original wall art, bronzes and more. He enjoys sculpting in both water based and oil-based clay, focusing on abstract human portraitures. Dr Doug calls his works, ‘Caricatures in Clay’. They are fun, playful and expressive!!
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