Ashley at the wheel

the original cheese factory


Ashley at the wheel

  The story​​  ​​​​​ goes something like this...

​Once upon a time (early 1930s) in a land far away (Spring Green, Wisconsin) there was a little cheese factory. The factory served the local dairy farmers of the picturesque Wilson Creek valley and its neighbors. Farmers delivered milk daily and the factory was turning out cheese for sale to the community. When the little factory could no longer compete with big business dairy, the property, including a farmhouse, was sold to Peggy Ahlgren.

With the help of her family and friends, Peggy converted the factory into what it is today - a quaint pottery shop and studio. She also built an impressive gas-reduction kiln that sits just outside the studio doors. For the next 40, yes, forty years she created beautiful functional pottery and a successful business.

Finally ready to retire, the farmhouse and studio came up for sale. Hoping to continue the pottery tradition, Peggy wanted her special place left in the clay-caked hands of a potter. Fortunately, the fates and an exceptional woman by the name of Liz Schumaker, stepped in. Mutual friends of both Peggy and Ashley Pfannenstiel, Liz made the connection, and the rest, as they say, is history...


Stick around to see how Ashley's history unfolds.


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