RED WING COLLECTORS TO CONVERGE ON DES MOINES FEB. 23-24

RED WING, MN – Hundreds of stoneware and pottery collectors will make the trek to the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in Des Moines, Iowa for the Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) MidWinter GetTogether, Feb. 23-24.

The Red Wing Collectors Society is made up of more than 3,000 members worldwide who collect stoneware crocks, jugs, churns, dinnerware and art pottery manufactured in Red Wing from the 1880s to 1960s. The February event helps tie collectors over until the next RWCS National Convention in Red Wing in July. Both events serve as great opportunities for members to connect over Red Wing and learn about the history of the potteries that once operated in Red Wing, their diverse production lines and the impact they had on the American pottery industry.

 

The event will kick off with a Friday night social for attendees in the hotel ballroom from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 23, but as with any large antique event, the opportunity to buy and sell is top of mind for collectors and dealers. In this case, the RWCS MidWinter GetTogether never disappoints. Many attendees will prop open their doors and sell Red Wing wares from their hotel rooms during the event – some starting as early as the night of Tuesday, Feb. 20. A formal Show & Sale will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 followed by an auction at 5 p.m. – both of which are open to the public. Auction proceeds will benefit the Pottery Museum of Red Wing and more information can be found at www.houghtonauctions.com. Whether you’re new to collecting Red Wing or an experienced collector, anyone and everyone is invited to attend this fun event and find a new piece for their collection.

 

Education is also a major focus of the event. Collector Joe Grout will give a keynote presentation on the Red Wing Stoneware Company’s production in Iowa through Ft. Dodge and Plymouth Stoneware. RWCS Hall of Fame members Larry Roschen and Terry Moe will present on less common Gypsy Trail dinnerware. Mark Wiseman will present on potteries in Marion County, Iowa and Jeff Birchman will cover Red Wing beater jars and their use as a merchant premium. Debra & David Giesen will lead a round table discussion on collecting Red Wing and Danae Quirk Dorr will present an in-depth discussion on Red Wing’s North Star Stoneware Co, which only operated from 1892 to 1896.

 

All activities will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites at 4800 Merle Hay Rd in Des Moines, Iowa, which is located at the intersection of I-35 and I-80 in Des Moines. Visit www.erwcs.org to register or learn more about the MidWinter GetTogether.

 

The 42nd annual Red Wing Collectors Society Summer Convention is slated for July 12-14 in Red Wing, MN. Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society costs only $35 and includes five 16-page full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. The RWCS was founded in 1977 in Red Wing and there are more than 3,000 members worldwide. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 651-388-4004, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.erwcs.org. You can also join the RWCS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at @RWCollectors

RWCS Release Event App for MidWinter

We are excited to share that you can now download the MidWinter schedule directly to your phone!

The RWCS has been working with RWCS member Craig Orcutt and his company Orcadia Labs to create this handy way for you customize your MidWinter experience with the convenience of your phone. Thank you Craig for donating this wonderful tool for attendees!

You can simply search for “In Any Event” on Google Play for Android or the Apple Store for iPhone. If you prefer, here are the links:

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.orcadialabs.inanyevent

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/in-any-event/id1348755354

We hope this app will be an easy and quick way to keep up on everything going on at MidWinter. You might see mention on google or the app store that this application is in development, but that’s only because apple and google have a long process to get final approvals.  The app is finished, but the paperwork takes a few extra days.

Please share any feedback you have on the app with Craig Orcutt at orcadialabs@gmail.com or Mike Stenstrom RWCS vice president and tech committee chair at vicepresident@redwingcollectors.org. Both Craig and Mike will also be attending MidWinter so be sure to visit with them in person too.

See you in a few days in Des Moines, IA! Safe Travels.

MidWinter 2018 Registration Now OPEN!

MidWinter Online Registration is now Open!

Join your fellow Collectors at MidWinter in Des Moines for networking and collecting fun at the Holiday Inn and Suites!

There is something for every collector this year including: room sales, seminars, networking, show & sale, and a live auction.

Pre- Registration for MidWinter is just $25
Your registration fee includes the Friday night appetizer social, keynote continental breakfast, educational seminars as so much more!

Show and Sale Expanded! Tables are $35 each, single booths are $55 each
Vendors selling at MidWinter will have the flexibility to sell any quality mixture of stoneware, pottery, souvenirs and antiques. NO PERCENTAGE RULES WILL BE APPLIED THIS YEAR!

Each seller table has at least one chair. Booth spaces include a 6ft table and one chair as well. Visit the Show & Sale page to learn more!

Don’t forget to book your room at the Holiday Inn before it’s sold out! Here are the rates and the contact information to book your room:

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Des Moines-Northwest.
4800 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, Iowa 50322
Hotel Phone (515) 278-4755
Hotel Fax (515) 278-2846

Click www.holiday-inn.com/desmoines.htm

  • Double Queen Room, for 1 to 4 guests, $84.00++ ($94.08 including taxes per night)
  • King Executive Room, for 1 to 4 guests, $89.00++ ($94.08 including taxes per night)
  • Junior or Extended Suites, 1?4ppl $124.00++ ($138.88 including taxes per night)
  • Family or Parlor King Suite, 1?4ppl $144.00++ ($161.28 including taxes per night)
  • Family Double King Suite, 1?4ppl $164.00++ ($183.68 including taxes per night)

++Rate does not include taxes of 12%.  If you are tax exempt your final folio will not include them.

Easy methods to make your guestroom reservations:

Contact Hotel directly (phone, fax or email)

  • Phone (515) 278-4755 and ask for your group by name: Red Wing Collectors Society.
  • Fax information to (515) 278-2846 to attention of Reservations.
  • Email information to Troy Thompson at tthompson@kinseth.com.

Register today!

  1. Online
  2. Paper form in your October issue or download
  3. Call 651-388-4004

We look forward to seeing you all in Des Moines, IA. To keep up on the event or learn more about MidWinter Check out MidWinter Page on our website!

Little Brown Jug of Membership

RWCS Facebook Chapter awarded the RWCS Little Brown Jug of Membership. Since 2007, the RWCS recognizes a Chapters efforts to grow the membership of the RWCS.

The RWCS Facebook Chapter, a group on Facebook, was started by the organizations Executive Director. The drive of the current chapter officers including Chris Tinscher and Yoshi Hoffman have brought double digit new members to the RWCS this past year. The Chapter is made up of people from all over talking about Red Wing made pottery and stoneware.

Congradulations to the RWCS Facebook Chapter! Join them today! All members are welcome to join the 24 hours a day Red Wing collector discussion.

The slate is clean Chapters!

 


Here is more information on the Little Brown Jug of Membership:

What is it?
Like its namesake, the Little Brown Jug rivalry between the Universities of Minnesota and Michigan, the Little Brown Jug of Membership is an annual traveling trophy. The Membership jug is a way to acknowledge the recruiting efforts of our Chapters. The Chapter that recruits the most new members in one year to the RWCS is awarded the jug.

When did it begin?
The RWCS launched the Little Brown Jug of Membership in 2007 during the RWCS’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. The concept was developed by RWCS Executive Director, Stacy Wegner.

Who made the jug?
The Albany slip jug has a North Star mark on the bottom and is hand decorated with “FILLING THE JUG ONE MEMBER AT A TIME” on the front with a Red Wing and “LITTLE BROWN JUG OF MEMBERSHIP” on the back. The design and creation of the jug was done by RWCS member Aarika Floyd in 2007.

How is the data gathered?
When a new member joins they are asked how they heard about the organization and that is indicated in the field provided in the Online Membership System. The information is included on the new member report.

What is the source of New Member report?
Each year the Red Wing Collectors Society Executive Director will generate a new membership report. The list is comprised of new members from July 1 of the prior year through June 30th of the current year.

Who decides the winner of the Jug?
The New Member Report is given to the RWCS Representatives at Large. The Reps at Large will review the list with the Chapter Presidents at their annual meeting during the Convention. Following the meeting, the Reps will decide the jug winner.

What if there is a tie?
In the event of a tie, the Chapters will split the jug possession during the year. Depending on the location of the Chapters it can be transferred at a Chapter meeting or at MidWinter.

When is the Chapter announced?
The formal presentation is at the Annual Business Meeting held during the official RWCS Annual Convention in Red Wing, MN.

Who announces the winning Chapter?
The Representatives at Large report the winner to the Executive Director who presents the jug at the RWCS Annual Business Meeting.

How are the winners recognized on the jug?
The winning Chapter(s) will affix their Chapter logo decal/sticker and the year on the Jug. The jug will be returned to the RWCS Executive Director the following convention in its bag.

How does a Chapter participate?
All Chapters are automatically included each year. They simply need to encourage the new member to indicate them as their recruiter. If an individual Chapter member is named they are counted in the Chapter total.

Chapter Winners

2007                   INTRODUCTION
2007 – 2008        Nebraska Chapter
2008 – 2009       Gopher Chapter
2009 – 2010       Trails West Chapter
2010 – 2011        Trails West Chapter
2011 – 2012        Iowa Chapter
2012 – 2013        Iowa Chapter
2013 – 2014        Golden State Chapter
2014 – 2015        Cannon Valley Chapter & Gopher Chapter
2015 – 2016       Wisconsin Chapter & Badger Chapter
2016- 2017         RWCS Facebook Chapter

2017 Convention Displays!

Red Wing, MN – This year the RWCS held its convention in a new location Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing. The article below and photos were reported in the August 2017 Issue of the RWCS Newsletter.

You can also download the PDF of the newsletter page as well.

If you are interested in display for the 2018 Covnention please contact display chair Tyler Green. He can be reached at 605-251-9944 or email at display@redwingcollectors.org

 

2017 Red Wing Collectors Society Commemorative has been unveiled!

Red Wing, MN – The 2017 Red Wing Collectors Society Commemorative has been unveiled! This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Red Wing Collectors Society, so it’s fitting that 40 gallon crocks were produced as this year’s RWCS Commemorative. Three versions were produced. Version A made up 90 percent of total production, Version B covered 9 percent and 40 Version C pieces were made to match the club’s anniversary. Members received versions at random at Convention and in the mail.

Except for a single salt glaze example that exists, Red Wing only made 40 gallon crocks during the zinc glaze era. The large crocks were popular in the soda and chemical industries, but could also be used for making wine, pickles and sauerkraut.

Version A has three decorations: “40”, wing and oval; “40”, birch leaves and oval; and “40”, elephant ears and oval. The member can choose which decoration to display with the other decorations not visible from the front. Version B has advertising from two companies: San Francisco’s John Mulhern Co. and Prell Mercantile Company of Bremen, KS. Once again the member can choose which ad to display with the other on the back of the crock. Version C is a transition crock with two hand-decorated cobalt leaves. All crocks came with a lid.

The crocks are bottom ink-stamped “RWCS 40th Anniversary 1977-2017”. Crocks and lids were pressed at Rowe Pottery in Cambridge, WI.

The RWCS also commissioned Rowe Pottery to produce a Koverwate to serve as the 2017 accessory piece. These could be purchased at Convention or via mail.

The Special Commemorative is a 40 gallon self draining jar. The self draining jars were also used in the soda and chemical industries. Eighteen specials were made. Half were decorated with a “40”, self draining logo and wing, while the other nine have a “40” and advertising for H.C. Schranck Co. of Milwaukee. The wing versions were given as awards for display winners. The Milwaukee advertising versions were used as prizes in various drawings at Convention. One of each was silent auctioned in the Commemorative Room at Convention.

Twelve crocks were decorated with multi-color handprints to represent KidsView and the Young Collectors programs. These crocks were auctioned at Convention and MidWinter, with the proceeds benefiting the youth programs.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO ORDER THE 2017 COMMEMORATIVE AND ACCESSORY!

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2017 Convention Attendee Information

Greetings 2017 Convention Attendees!

We are just a week away from the Convention and the excitement of going Back to the Future. I am sure many of you are already packing your bags and cars right now.

The RWCS Website and the Convention Supplement are your sources for all your Convention information. Here are the links to plan your Convention Experience:

Schedule – See the latest times and locations for all the events and activities.

crockhunt2017.jpgCrock Hunt – Starts  July 1 and runs through Saturday, July 8. Discover new places to eat, shop, and see in Red Wing, MN. Join your fellow members and check the 12 participating businesses.

Wednesday, July 5

  • 7:00 am RWCS Board Meeting – Minnesota State College Southeast
  • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Pre-registered pick up – Pottery Museum of Red Wing
    • Be sure to pick up your Convention Supplement
  • Pottery Museum of Red Wing Events
    • 6:00 pm– 9:00pm – WINE-ing for Red Wing Pottery Museum of Red Wing

Thursday, July 6 – Minnesota State College Southeast (308 Pioneer Road)

  • Commemorative Unveiled
  • Keynote: Collectors Through the Decades
  • 40th Celebration following keynote
    • Charter Member recognition
  • T-shirt and Tile Pick up at College Only
  • Chapter Meetings
  • Young Collectors
  • AUCTION at the RED WING NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY (885 E 7th St)
    • Viewing at 3:00 pm
    • Live auction at 4:30 pm
    • Concessions by Goodhue County Historical Society
    • Parking and Shuttle from Minnesota Correctional Facility watch for signs

Friday, July 7 – Minnesota State College Southeast

Saturday, July 8 – Red Wing National Guard Armory

  • Show and Sale – Saturday, concessions by Goodhue County Historical Society
    • Parking and Shuttle from Minnesota Correctional Facility watch for signs
  • Banquet – Saturday Night at Mount Frontenac Golf Course– tickets still available
  • T-shirt, Tile, and Commemorative Pick Up

Other Convention links

  • Display – Thursday and Friday at the College
  • Chapter 40 display
  • Chapter Challenge Silent Auction

Information about the City of Red Wing:

  • Things to do in Red Wing – Coming for the 4th of July or looking for other events in Red Wing? There’s events like amateur baseball games, ice cream socials and concerts in the park!
  • PIONEER ROAD IS CLOSED FOR A ROUND ABOUT INSTALLATION BY THE MIDDLE SCHOOL. When heading to the College please go through downtown Red Wing.
  • Directions to Events – Includes information on finding the Minnesota State College and the Red Wing National Guard Armory.
  • City of Red Wing Information – All the links to City of Red Wing tourism and visitor information

One last reminder; don’t forget to bring your red badge holder and volunteer pin! I am looking forward to seeing all of you in Red Wing. Safe travels!

SEE YOU SOON COLLECTORS!

Stacy Wegner
Executive Director

Greetings 2017 Convention Attendees!

We are just a week away from the Convention and the excitement of going Back to the Future. I am sure many of you are already packing your bags and cars right now.

The RWCS Website and the Convention Supplement are your sources for all your Convention information. Here are the links to plan your Convention Experience:

Schedule – See the latest times and locations for all the events and activities.

crockhunt2017.jpgCrock Hunt – Starts  July 1 and runs through Saturday, July 8. Discover new places to eat, shop, and see in Red Wing, MN. Join your fellow members and check the 12 participating businesses.

Wednesday, July 5

  • 7:00 am RWCS Board Meeting – Minnesota State College Southeast
  • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Pre-registered pick up – Pottery Museum of Red Wing
    • Be sure to pick up your Convention Supplement
  • Pottery Museum of Red Wing Events
    • 6:00 pm– 9:00pm – WINE-ing for Red Wing Pottery Museum of Red Wing

Thursday, July 6 – Minnesota State College Southeast (308 Pioneer Road)

  • Commemorative Unveiled
  • Keynote: Collectors Through the Decades
  • 40th Celebration following keynote
    • Charter Member recognition
  • T-shirt and Tile Pick up at College Only
  • Chapter Meetings
  • Young Collectors
  • AUCTION at the RED WING NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY (885 E 7th St)
    • Viewing at 3:00 pm
    • Live auction at 4:30 pm
    • Concessions by Goodhue County Historical Society
    • Parking and Shuttle from Minnesota Correctional Facility watch for signs

Friday, July 7 – Minnesota State College Southeast

Saturday, July 8 – Red Wing National Guard Armory

  • Show and Sale – Saturday, concessions by Goodhue County Historical Society
    • Parking and Shuttle from Minnesota Correctional Facility watch for signs
  • Banquet – Saturday Night at Mount Frontenac Golf Course– tickets still available
  • T-shirt, Tile, and Commemorative Pick Up

Other Convention links

  • Display – Thursday and Friday at the College
  • Chapter 40 display
  • Chapter Challenge Silent Auction

Information about the City of Red Wing:

  • Things to do in Red Wing – Coming for the 4th of July or looking for other events in Red Wing? There’s events like amateur baseball games, ice cream socials and concerts in the park!
  • PIONEER ROAD IS CLOSED FOR A ROUND ABOUT INSTALLATION BY THE MIDDLE SCHOOL. When heading to the College please go through downtown Red Wing.
  • Directions to Events – Includes information on finding the Minnesota State College and the Red Wing National Guard Armory.
  • City of Red Wing Information – All the links to City of Red Wing tourism and visitor information

One last reminder; don’t forget to bring your red badge holder and volunteer pin! I am looking forward to seeing all of you in Red Wing. Safe travels!

Best regards,

Stacy Wegner
Executive Director

Great Pieces to be Auctioned During Red Wing Collectors Society 40th Anniversary Convention – July 6-8

 

Red Wing, MN – A signed Red Wing 10 gallon butterfly-decorated salt glaze water cooler, a “Holy Water” cooler and a coveted Potters Excursion jug are just a few of the impressive pieces highlighting the official members-only auction at the Red Wing Collectors Society Convention, July 6-8 in Red Wing.

 

The RWCS will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at this year’s Convention, which will unofficially begin on Wednesday, July 5 when the RWCS Foundation holds its “Wine-ing for Red Wing” fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing at 240 Harrison Street, Red Wing. Admission for the fundraising event is $20; it will feature food and beverages, and silent and live auctions.

 

The RWCS Convention officially kicks off the next day with a welcome from the city’s mayor and a special 40th Anniversary Keynote Address at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 6 at the Minnesota State College Southeast campus at 308 Pioneer Road in Red Wing. RWCS Historian Nancy Lambert has assembled a group of nearly a dozen RWCS collectors representing the past 40 years that will share insight into their passion for collecting and fond memories as members of the Society. Then RWCS Charter Members will be recognized and a special 40th Anniversary celebration for members will follow at noon in the college’s cafeteria.

 

The official RWCS members-only auction*, which features more than 250 pieces consigned by members, will take place at 4:30 that evening at the Red Wing National Guard Armory at 885 E 7th Street in Red Wing. Onsite registration will be available to become a member. The auction preview will be open from 3 to 4:15 p.m. this year. Catalogs are for sale for $5 in advance at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing or can be purchased at the auction itself.

 

RWCS members will also have their lineup of usual favorites to attend during Convention, including street sales held at Red Wing’s historic Pottery Place, other stoneware and pottery auctions held on Tuesday and Wednesday, educational seminars and the official RWCS Show & Sale at the Red Wing National Guard Armory that begins for members at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 8 It opens FREE to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In addition to these activities, a “Crock Hop” celebration will feature music, food and fun from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 7 at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing.

 

Other Convention activities include a “Crock Hunt” scavenger hunt around Red Wing, pottery demonstrations by local potter Richard Spiller, and a special display room at Minnesota State College Southeast campus where members create their own unique displays of Red Wing items for the education and enjoyment of attendees.

 

An annual commemorative will be unveiled and distributed to members beginning Thursday, July 6. The commemorative piece is a closely guarded secret and there is much speculation as to what the piece will be each year. It is a miniature replica of a Red Wing pottery item with a limited number made. Last year’s commemorative was a stoneware advertising mini jug.

Breakout education sessions scheduled for Friday, July 7 at the Minnesota State College Southeast campus will offer a great selection of diverse topics. The presentations are listed below; check out the “Education Seminars” page on the Convention section of the RWCS website for more detailed descriptions.

 

• The Journey of Collecting Red Wing by RWCS Hall of Famer Larry Peterson.

• Is That Right? Aftermarket Dinnerware & Art Pottery by Laura Beall.

• Stoneware Fruit Jars by Marv Juel.

• Digging Historic Privies and Dumps by RWCS Hall of Famer Steve Showers and his wife, Phyllis.

• Dump Finds by Red Wing Dump Diggers Paul Boudin & Connie Mathison.

• Early Colfax Springs History and Stoneware by Mark C. Wiseman.

• Divided Minnesota, Divided Goodhue County: the WWI Years by Fred Johnson.

• 19th Century Base Ball History and Fun Facts by Doug Ernst.

• Ceramics Conservator by Jin Crimando, Pottery Museum of Red Wing Inventory Specialist.

• Back to the Futura and Dinnerware Odds & Ends, Mid 1950s to Mid 1960s (two different presentations) by RWCS Hall of Famers Terry Moe & Larry Roschen.

• Red Wing Cinema: A Video of Red Wing Designer Eva Zeisel’s 2000 RWCS Convention Keynote Presentation.

 

Another unique aspect of the RWCS Convention is the participation of the younger generation through the KidsView program. The Society is on the leading edge of creating engaging and educational ways to get the younger generations involved in collecting. Children ages 3-12 will have several hands-on pottery creation projects and a Kids’ Show & Sale to participate in at the Minnesota State College Southeast campus from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 7.

 

To further complement KidsView, the RWCS Young Collectors is entering its 5th year of helping Red Wing collectors ages 13 to 20 grow their interest in Red Wing. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Red Wing, develop new friendships through peer-to-peer discussion groups and participate in hands-on activities. Young Collectors activities will begin at the Minnesota State College Southeast campus at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 6. Participants will also take a field trip to the Pottery Museum of Red Wing and return to the college around noon.

To learn more about all the events and activities of the RWCS Convention, visit the RWCS website event page for the Convention.

 

The RWCS can also be followed on Twitter and be found on Facebook. Like most antique collecting clubs, attracting young new collectors has been a challenge for the RWCS. A bright spot in the organizations recruiting efforts has come through the RWCS Facebook Chapter, which is a highly active page where recent finds are shared, questions are answered and pieces are bought and sold by new and advanced collectors alike. To join the conversation, visit www.facebook.com/groups/RWCSChapter/.
* Registering onsite to attend the RWCS Convention costs $35 per person; kids 15 and under are free. Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society also costs $35 and includes full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. The RWCS was founded in 1977 in Red Wing and there are more than 3,000 members worldwide. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org. You can also join the RWCS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at @RWCollectors.

RWCS Announces 40th Anniversary Plans

Red Wing, Minn – Happy 40th Anniversary, fellow Red Wing Collectors! Be sure to attend this year’s Convention in Red Wing July 6-8. We will kick off the anniversary celebration on Thursday, July 6 with a very special panel of collectors who will present this year’s keynote address, sharing some personal and fun experiences as members of RWCS. We will also honor the RWCS charter members in attendance followed by a fun anniversary get-together in the Minnesota State College Southeast commons area at NOON. Don’t miss the Friday evening Crock Hop in Potters Hall at the Pottery Museum from 5 to 6:30 p.m.Traditional root beer floats and refreshments will be served along with a visit from Doc and Marty. A “Back in Time Scavenger Hunt” in the museutilem along with door prizes at “Lou’s Café” will be too fun to miss!

Don’t forget to order the special anniversary tile on your Convention registration form – they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be mailed to your home.

 

 


Official RWCS Convention T-shirt  – Order by June 6
Celebrate the RWCS 40th Anniversary in style with your very own “Back to the Future” RWCS Convention T-shirt! These custom-designed shirts can be ordered online.  The shirts are $14.98 each and they will be available for pickup at the July Convention in Red Wing. Shirts sizes 2XL and up are subject to an additional charge. The order deadline is June 6. A small number of shirts might be available to purchase onsite, but the only way to guarantee yourself a shirt is to pre-order. All proceeds will benefit the RWCS.

 


Share how your Red Wing Journey Began
The RWCS 40th Anniversary is a great time to reminisce about that first piece of stoneware, art pottery or dinnerware that began our quests in collecting. Many collectors recently shared stories on Facebook about how they acquired their first piece of Red Wing clay. Regardless of whether it was a common piece or a rare find, we all remember how we got started. Please send your story Nancy Lambert, RWCS Historian, along with a photo of the item if you wish. Lambert will put it all together into a booklet – not only for some fun reading of cool stories, but also to have the stories as a part of the Red Wing Collectors Society archives. Whether the clay piece was Red Wing or not, whether it was a lucky find or a gift from a family member, the unique and individual stories will be a treat for us all. Please submit your story by May 15 to be a part of this 40th Anniversary project! E-mail your story and photo to me at historian@redwingcollectors.org.

In addition to members attending the Convention will receive a special cloisonné commemorative pins celebrating the 40th Anniversary. All of this plus special displays and memorabilia will be a part of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Red Wing Collectors Society! Register today!

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