Videos and Testimonials

As seen on “Channel 4, Better Nashville, TV Station.”
About our instructors:

Pottery instructor: Wendy Gustafson’s interest in pottery goes back to her high school days when she and her father built a potter’s wheel. After years of study she began teaching beginners on the potter’s wheel at Rockleigh Center for the Arts, in New York State. Over the past seven years, she has attended classes and workshops at the Appalachian Center for Craft, studying wheel throwing techniques with Merissa Tobler, glazing with Susan DeMay and Caroline Cercone, and pot altering, and glazing functional salt/soda firing with Mackenzie Smith.

Pottery Instructor: Tommy Williams is a Master Potter who handcrafts our production pieces as well as teaches our home school and adult potter’s wheel classes. Mr. Williams is from North Carolina and has earned his MFA in ceramics from East Tennessee State University. He is nationally known for his burnishing and sagger vessels, and resides in Hendersonville, Tn. with his wife and two twin boys.

Photography Instructor: Michael Gustafson holds a degree in photography, and has worked professionally in commercial and family portraiture for over 20 years. He is also owner of M.G. Photography, president of the Hendersonville photo club, past president of the Professional Photographers of Middle Tennessee, and served several years as an instructor of digital photography at Nossi College of Art.



7/8/11 Lauren Lemons Hulsey wrote:  ” Great Class tonight.  Thanks Wendy!!! ” Lauren and Jeff

7/7/11  Gina Meengs wrote: ” You have a beautiful location for your gallery and I enjoyed taking classes from you guys.  I am looking forward to taking classes from you again in the future.  I will be by this week to pick up my pots. ” Gina

12/16/11  Ellen from the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohlenwald wrote:  “The mugs are gorgeous! Everyone at the party last night loved them!”

3/12/12  Fish Pots wrote:  “Wonderful gift shop run by a very talented family!  Enjoyed my visit yesterday.”

3/12/12  Jo Griffith wrote:  ” This is a great place to buy pottery and to learn how to use your digital camera.  Thanks guys! I enjoyed today.

4/23/12  Trina Whipple wrote:  “Thank you so much! The boys had an amazing time Saturday.  I have told everyone about your gallery and plan to come shopping when we come pick up our pots.”

7/24/12 Rachel Rogers wrote:  “Hey Wendy! I wanted to let you know I nominated the kid’s Clay Camp for camp of the day on News Channel 5 and Leland Statom just emailed to tell me they will be giving a shout out to that camp tomorrow! Yeayy!!!!!”

9/12/12  Theresa and Bryan Furlong wrote:  ” Just over 6 years ago, Michael Gustafson photographed the festivities leading up to our wedding and the day of – start to finish. With utmost sincerity I can say that Bryan and I chose the best photogropher to preserve our memories. Maintaining originals, he used what I can only assume were special effects to intensify and bring “awe” factor to the certain images he had captured. Those he suggested for enhancement and larger/canvas prints were the same ones we chose. This confirmed that he truly has not only a gift for photography but also one for embracing our style and who we were. Finances play an instrumental role in the decisions we make. Despite M.G Photography being a leader in TN’s photography industry, fortunately for us we found that his services and rates were financially feesible and competitive. He worked with us, allowing us to obtain a rate that included services within his set packages and several request he fulfilled with immense satisfaction outside of. He truly went above and beyond, travelng 120 miles round trip on several occurances, enabling us to re-live our memories for years. Because of this, I have bern recommending M.G Photography every opportunity that arises. I am confidant that those who choose to weigh my opinion heavily and contact with Michael will be none other than beyond satisfied. Thank you M & W Gustafson, Bryan & Theresa Furlong”.

11/5/12 Misty Tramel wrote: “Wendy, Thank you so much for teaching our class this weekend! It was an amazing experience, and I am gonna treasure the pieces I made forever. (Even the wobbly ones 😉 )”

11/27/12 Emily Williams wrote: “I want to say a huge THANK YOU to Michael Gustafson and Wendy Gustafson who own and operate Woodland Gallery and Mike G. Photography! They not only have embraced us like family but provide an art outlet for Tommy and also employ me. Fabulous people and amazing entrepreneurs!! Mike took our family photos!!! Come check this gallery out..local people, local art, doesn’t get much better!!!!”

1/4/13  Bryna Landers Grant wrote: “If you’re looking for a great way to give the gift of time and have something to take home as a keepsake, get a gift certificate for pottery class!!! My mom and son and I had a wonderful time making a bowl together and it was a memory we’ll have on the table for years!!”

4/27/13  Felicia Fields Bennett wrote:  “The girls had so much fun and can’t wait to go back. Wendy does a wonderful job teaching and has so much patience.”

6/25/13  Lucretia Brinkley Asst. Manager of the Hendersonville Public Library wrote:  “Dear Wendy, We can’t thank you all enough for your amazing class that you taught today.  The kids were thrilled with their projects!  Thank you for your dedication to your craft.”

7/14/13  Whitney Williams wrote: “Benjamin LOVED the pottery class so much, he’s counting down the days until the next one. He asked me, “How much is a potter’s wheel and a kiln?” He must be in love with the clay. :)”

5/22/14 Alison Higgins Atkinson wrote: “Thanks for everything. We had a great time.”

5/22/14 Ashley Curtis Thompson from Girl Scout Troop 2248 wrote:  “We had an absolute blast! Thanks again!!!!!”

6/7/14  Maureen Gannon wrote: “We all had a wonderful time! Can’t wait to see the finished products!”

7/12/14  Maureen Gannon wrote:  “We really loved our finished pieces. We used the apple baker Erik made last night and are using it again tonight!

9/ 23/14  Kathryn Durbin wrote:  “Good morning Wendy, I love my pottery class. I am excited about the creative things I have already made and am looking forward to creating bigger and better things.  Thank you for being here for us. Kay

10/11/14  Vickie Williams wrote: “I just visited Woodland Gallery yesterday! What a GREAT place. I’m planning on going back to make a piece of pottery!! I even bought some Christmas presents!!!

12/1/14 Pattie K. Suddarth wrote: “Thank you for hosting such a beautiful and sweet pottery class.  Your patience with the children was like being in the presence of an angel.  The children (and the adults) had a wonderful time.  Thank you for helping us make beautiful memories with the hand bowls.”

12/29/14  Heather Eli Steffy wrote:  “We gave these hand bowls as Christmas presents to both grandma this years!! Tears flowed!!!! They were awesome!”

1/12/15  Patti Suddarth wrote: “Thank you so much for helping us make bowls for Christmas Gifts They are precious and cherished gifts.  The Children had a wonderful time in your studio.  Thank you for your gift of time and sharing your knowledge.”

1/12/15  Johnnie McKee wrote:  ” Thank you for your class! I am telling everyone about your studio.”

3/14/15  Cathy Graff wrote:  “We had such a great time. Thank you for everything!”

4/22/15  Heather Figueroa wrote:  “I just wanted to say Chloe and I had the best time making our handprint bowl. We can’t wait to see the finished product! 🙂 Thank you so very much for keeping the little ‘extra’s to fire & really meant a lot to her. She is planning to put the ‘C’ in our garden. We will definitely be back!”

6/6/15 Beth Mersack Brody wrote:   “My daughter and I attended a class last night and had an amazing time!! First time we had used a potter’s wheel. Wendy’s help made it easy. We already scheduled another visit.”

7/21/15  Shannon Jacobs wrote:  “Mike, I just wanted to send you a short note to tell you how much I enjoyed your photography class this past weekend.  Can’t wait to pull out my camera this weekend and practice some more.”

12/6/15 Julie Hemmings wrote:  “So glad we came by and did this!!! We love the way Allie’s ornaments came out and appreciate the firing of the extra little dodads they made with the scrap clay. LOVE THEM!!! THANK YOU!!!

12/30/15  Donna Drinkwine wrote:  “Hi Wendy,  I have enjoyed it so much and everyone who received a pottery gift were delighted and amazed!! I am happy I found this outlet for my “artistic” side!”

3/2/16  Garrett and Jessica Nunn wrote:  Michael, Thank you so much for photographing our wedding!  Your pictures are beautiful, you are so talented! Thank you again!!

1/1/17  Jennifer Smithfield wrote:   As I am drinking out of one mug and just put another one into the dishwasher, it occurred to me that I should make sure all my local friends know about Wendy Gustafson‘s awesome pottery, especially if you need Christmas present ideas. We own a number of things she’s made—both decorative and functional. We use them all the time so this isn’t pottery that just collects dust or that isn’t durable. Though it’s probably too late for custom orders for Christmas, I love that she has also made a number of custom designs for me over the years, including knitting bowls, salad bowls, and mugs. You can find her pottery at Woodland Gallery in Hendersonville, along with her husband’s amazing photographs and other locally made products. She also teaches classes for adults and kids.

1/14/17     Jennifer Ufner wrote:  Hi Wendy,  Lizzie loved the class so much this morning! She would love to come to all of the spring Saturday classes. Can I sign her up for the February and March classes as well? You can charge the credit card that I used this morning for the deposits.

2/4/17  Robin Bloodworth wrote: Hi Wendy, Our bowls look beautiful, I am so excited to put mine in the kitchen counter!!We had the best time and you do such a great job. Thank you so much, Robin.

5/15/17  Heather Willard wrote:  Thank you for an absolutely wonderful day and birthday celebration! The kids had so much fun creating their pieces and learning the process from you all! Thank you for the fun memories

5/20/17  Rachel Heiss wrote:  Dear Ms. Wendy, Thank you for teaching us how to use a potter’s wheel.  I had so much fun at your studio.  Thank you again,  Rachel

6/30/17   Becky Hartle wrote:  We had such a great time making pottery for the first time at the Woodland Gallery! We will get to see our master pieces in a couple of weeks! I loved being able to experience something new with the people I love 🙂 We all would love to do it again soon! Thank you Woodland Gallery!

 8/9/17  Silver Cricket Design wrote:  This is a great place to create, play and learn! Wendy is a wonderful teacher for all ages. You can also buy some unique art from local artists at the gallery too.
8/13/17  Dawn Kingsley wrote:  The big reveal from pottery camp. Thank you Wendy Gustafson for giving my kids such an awesome experience. Harper’s is on the right. Will’s is on the left. Amazing. I know I have to share but I want them all.
1/26/18  David Orum wrote:  Wendy,  I just wanted to let you know I enjoyed your class last night, it was very informative and fun. You’re a very good instructor, and I look forward to taking another class. Maybe one this summer, for the 6 week class. Thanks again, and see you soon!   Sincerely,  David Orum
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