RWCS announces MidWinter to Return to Iowa in 2017

RED WING, MN  –  The Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) is excited to announce its annual MidWinter GetTogether will return to the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, February 24-26, 2017.  This is the same location where event was held from 2001 to 2014.

In addition to changing the location, the RWCS has also moved the event to the last weekend of February. Over the past decade, driving conditions and cold temperatures have made it a challenge for many RWCS members to commit to traveling to MidWinter.

“It is our hope that by moving to later in February, the weather will be better and members will travel with confidence to MidWinter in Des Moines next year,” says RWCS President Larry Birks.

The RWCS appreciates the spectacular hospitality of the Badger and Wisconsin chapters during MidWinter’s time in Wisconsin, where the event was held for the past two years. The organization hopes to return to Wisconsin in the future.

“The warm welcome and support of RWCS members in Wisconsin will be remembered by those who attended MidWinter these past two years,” Birks adds.

MidWinter has been an annual event for the RWCS for more than 15 years. It is an opportunity for members to keep their collecting interest and passions burning until the annual RWCS Convention in Red Wing, MN in July. With a theme of “Ruby Red Wing”, the 2016 Convention slated for July 7-9 will celebrate the organization’s 40th Annual Convention.

The RWCS was founded in 1977 in Red Wing and there are more than 3,000 members worldwide. Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society costs only $35 and includes six 16-page full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. 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 page on Facebook and follow the group on Twitter at twitter.com/RWcollectors.

Online Registration Now Open – Mailed Commemoratives May Purchase Accessory Piece this Year

ATTENTION MEMBERS!
Convention 2016 – Red Wing, MN!

Online Registration is now open!
NO FEES TO REGISTER ONLINE!

Just announced members ordering mailed commemoratives will also have the opportunity to order an accessory piece this year to be mailed as well!

The total cost is $72 – commemorative $57 and the accessory $15.

Did you order your mailed commemorative already? Call the office 800-977-7927 to add the accessory today!

The 2016 Convention registration is now open. You can either register online or print out the most current registration form via download.

The RWCS Website is your resource for all Convention new and updates; here are the quick links to get you all the information you need:

Convention Home Page
Schedule
Housing
Auction – information and form
Show and Sale – contracts and floor plan
Display – form and rules

Keep checking the website for updates and more information as Convention draws closer: Education Sessions, Kids View, Young Collectors, Special Events.

NEW Red Wing Event Page
Thinking about heading to Red Wing before Convention? Have a friend interested in visiting Red Wing? Check out the new City of Red Wing page! I have expanded the page to include links to community calendars and resources pages to help you or a friend to plan a getaway to Red Wing, MN.

Don’t forget! Register before April 1st and be in the drawing for ONE of the eighteen 2016 Special Commemoratives.

Take Action Today and SAVE!

  1. Online: www.RedWingCollectors.org (No FEE to register online)
  2. Phone: 800-977-7927 (Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm CST)
  3. Mail: PO BOX 50, Red Wing, MN, 55066 (download form)
  4. Fax: 651-388-4042 (download form)

Don’t let another exciting Convention pass you by! Come to the 40th Convention, July 7-9!

Settlement Vindicates Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation in Intellectual Property Dispute with Owners of Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery

Favorable settlement for not-for-profit foundation mandates no financial payout and no adjustment in behavior

 

MINNEAPOLIS, February 22, 2016—The Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation (RWCS Foundation), the not-for-profit group that operates the Pottery Museum of Red Wing (Minn.), has reached a wholly favorable settlement in its year-long intellectual property dispute with Wells Valley Enterprises Inc., owners of Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery. Under the terms of the settlement, the RWCS Foundation maintains that it has not “infringed any of Wells Valley’s claimed trademarks or committed any other wrongdoing…and has further asserted that Wells Valley’s claims are wholly without merit.” Further, the settlement makes clear that RWCS Foundation may continue to operate without any alteration of its behavior, and will not make any financial payments to Wells Valley.

 

In a dispute that focused on the city of Red Wing, Minnesota’s history as center for the production of American pottery and stoneware, Wells Valley, owner of Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery, filed a trademark infringement suit against RWCS Foundation. Wells Valley alleged that RWCS Foundation’s use of marks incorporating the term “Red Wing” and graphical marks similar to those used by Wells Valley in its production of pottery and stoneware, infringed on its intellectual property and caused market confusion.

 

The Foundation rebuked these claims, maintaining that the term “Red Wing”, the “winged logo”, and other markings were commonly used to denote pottery once produced in the City of Red Wing, were not the intellectual property of any one entity, and had been used in some form by a number of other Midwestern and Red Wing, Minn.-based pottery and stoneware producers. The RWCS Foundation further maintained that even if Wells Valley had been able to prove ownership of the name and marks in question, the company’s previous owners had acquiesced to numerous third-party uses in the past, effectively barring Wells Valley from pursuing these infringement claims.

 

“We’re very pleased that we were able to bring this matter to an appropriate and civil conclusion,” said Christopher Larus, Chair of the IP and Technology Litigation Group at Robins Kaplan LLP, who along with colleague Kristine Tietz represented RWCS Foundation pro bono in this matter. “While the protection of intellectual property rights forms the cornerstone of the American economy, RWCS Foundation did absolutely nothing wrong here, an assertion supported by the favorable settlement we were able to negotiate.”

 

“The RWCS Foundation takes immense pride in celebrating the City of Red Wing’s long history in pottery production, and we are excited to put this matter in the past and continue to move forward in cooperation with Red Wing’s wonderful pottery and stoneware community,” said David Hallstrom, President of the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation. “Our museum is a free-to-the-public, volunteer-based organization, whose mission is to preserve the artifacts of the potteries and to educate the public as to the rich history of the clay industries of Red Wing. To that end, our desire is certainly to work in cooperation, not competition with the city’s pottery producers.  We are very grateful to Chris Larus, Kristine Tietz and the entire Robins Kaplan firm for the valuable support they have given our Foundation.”

 

The case is Wells Valley Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery v. Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation, d/b/a Pottery Museum of Red Wing. A copy of the settlement agreement is available upon request.

 

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STRONG TURNOUT EXPECTED FOR RED WING MIDWINTER EVENT IN WISCONSIN

RED WING, MN – Hundreds of stoneware and pottery collectors will converge upon the Olympia Resort & Conference Center in Oconomowoc, Wis. next month for the Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) MidWinter GetTogether. Scheduled for Feb. 5-7, this will be the second year that the event is held in Wisconsin.

The Red Wing Collectors Society is made up of more than 4,000 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.

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 weekend – some starting as early as the night of Wednesday, Feb. 3. A formal Show & Sale will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 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 or the classifieds section at www.redwingcollectors.org. 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.

The MidWinter GetTogether includes a number of other organized activities. The theme of this year’s event is “Crocktoberfest”. A German-themed reception featuring food, prizes and fun will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. Attendees are welcome to wear lederhosen and other traditional German attire.

Education is also a major focus of the event. Highlighting this year will be a keynote presentation from Wisconsin stoneware collector Peter Maas. A lifelong Milwaukee-area resident, Maas has collected and researched Wisconsin bottles and stoneware for more than 40 years. He’ll discuss and share photos of pieces from a dozen different stoneware/earthenware factories that operated in southern Wisconsin from the 1840s until the 1870s.

In the breakout sessions that follow, RWCS Hall of Fame members Larry Roschen and Terry Moe will present on the Ebb Tide and Ceramastone lines, which were last dinnerware patterns produced by Red Wing. RWCS Newsletter editor Rick Natynski will share his excitement for Red Wing salt glaze, showing pictures of crocks, jugs, churns and water coolers with decorations ranging from the most common to the rarest and most desirable.

In “Social Media, Red Wing and You”, RWCS members Laura Beall and Yoshi Hoffman will cover all the ways the Internet and social media can be used in collecting to keep in touch with friends, find information, discuss your finds and connect with other collectors. Many different platforms will be covered, including Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Come armed with questions, and they’ll answer them! The RWCS Foundation Board will also hold a Q & A session to answer questions about Pottery Museum of Red Wing news and other future projects.

In addition, RWCS KidsView education program chairperson Linda Wipperling will keep with the German theme and feature activities that will teach younger collectors about Red Wing’s first commercial potter, German immigrant John Paul. Participants will even get to create their own personalized root beer mug.

All activities will be held at the Olympia Resort & Conference Center, 1350 Royal Mile Rd. in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, which is off I-94 just 30 minutes west of Milwaukee. Visit www.redwingcollectors.org to register or learn more about the MidWinter GetTogether.

Feb. 5-6 will be a fun weekend for antique lovers in Southeastern Wisconsin, because in addition to the Red Wing event, the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association will hold its 42nd Annual Winter Show at the Waukesha County Expo Center Forum Building in Waukesha, WI – only 15 miles away from the Olympia Resort. For more information about that event, visit www.wisconsinantiquedealers.com.

The 40th annual Red Wing Collectors Society Summer Convention is slated for July 7-9 in Red Wing, MN. Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society costs only $35 and includes six 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 4,000 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 twitter.com/RWpottery.

Pottery Museum of Red Wing participates in Give to the Max

This year’s annual “Give to the Max” day is November 12th and our goal for 2015 is $30,000, donate now.

We have matching funds up to 24,000 just waiting to be used! $4,000 donated by the RWCS and $20,000 from the museum board members and family. What a great opportunity to have your donation go even further!  Any person who donates $1,000 during “Give to the Max” will become a member of the Capital 300 Club.

Donations during “Give to the Max” may be made on the Pottery museum website: www.potterymuseumredwing.org, or by contacting the Pottery Museum office 651-327-2220, or on the Pottery Museum GiveMN website.

Check us out on Facebook for updates during that day.

Thank you in advance for supporting the Pottery Museum of Red Wing!

Sincerely,

Robin Wipperling
Museum Manager
Pottery Museum of Red Wing

240 Harrison Street?Red Wing, MN 55066
Phone: (651)-327-2220
Website: www.potterymuseumredwing.org

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HELP PROMOTE MIDWINTER 2016 – Crocktoberfest!

Red Wing Collectors Society Members promote MidWinter 2016!

The RWCS needs your help! Take a few moments to share our MidWinter GetTogether during your travels between now and MidWinter February 4-7 in Oconomowoc, WI.

If you are going to be within 300 miles of Oconomowoc, WI (halfway between Milwaukee and Madison Wisconsin on I 94) download today and help spread the word!

PDF – letter size
JPEG – for social media, websites, printed materials

So when you are planning your next antique adventure, please take the RWCS along with you.

  • Antique Shops
  • Auctions
  • Indoor Flea Markets
  • Antique Shows

In addition to these consider requesting some RWCS Membership Brochures from the RWCS Business Office. The office can even mail you the MidWinter poster too!

RWCS business office at can be reached at director@redwingcollectors.org or 800-977-7927.

MidWinter 2016 Registration Open!

Registration for the 2016 MidWinter is now OPEN!

Join your fellow Collectors at MidWinter!

The MidWinter “Crocktoberfest” registration is now open!

As you will read in your October issue we have all things Oktobefest this year at MidWinter. Along with a new theme we are adding booth space to MidWinter Show and Sale, looking at moving some things around on site, and having an official drinking mug in true German style a Stein!

DON’T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR STEIN!

What would MidWinter Crocktoberfest be with your own Stein to Ein Prosit your weekend with you fellow collectors! As you can see the design will include the original Red Wing Bratwursthaus stein from the ad above!

$15 pre-order
$18 limited number on site

Register today!

  1. Online
  2. Paper form in your October issue or download
  3. Call 800-977-7927

We ook forward to seeing you all in Oconomowoc, WI. To keep up on the event or learn more about MidWinter Check out MidWinter Page on our website!

RWCS Welcome Callicoat and Tagliapietra to organization’s Hall of Fame

Longtime RWCS Members Sue Jones Tagliapietra and Wendy Callicoat were inducted into the RWCS Hall of Fame during the Annual Business meeting Friday, July 10, 2015 at the RWCS Convention in Red Wing, MN. The two founded the KidsView educational program in 1999 and together created a program that has encouraged hundreds of children to develop an appreciation of Red Wing’s clay industry.

Wendy Callicoat – 2015

Wendy Callicoat of Seneca, Missouri, Red Wing Collectors Society Member #7961, has made significant contributions to the Red Wing Collectors Society. Wendy is hereby inducted into the Red Wing Collectors Society Hall of Fame this 10th day of July, 2015 in recognition of these lifetime achievements:

  • Joined the Red Wing Collectors Society in 1995
  • RWCS MidWinter Registration Volunteer 1996-1999
  • RWCS Convention Registration Chairperson 1996-1998
  • RWCS Convention Volunteer 1996-2015
  • RWCS Vice President 1998-2006
  • Co-Founded KidsView of Red Wing 1999
  • Co-Chaired KidsView of Red Wing 1999-2012
  • RWCS 25th Anniversary Convention Committee Member 2002
  • RWCS Newsletter Contributor
  • RWCS 35th Anniversary Convention Chairperson 2012
  • Developed and Implemented RWCS Convention Crockfest Event 2012
  • Developed and Implemented RWCS Young Collectors Club 2012-2014
  • RWCS Foundation Donor
  • Developed and Chaired RWCS Foundation Event “Wine-ing” for Red Wing 2011-2015
  • Founding Member Friends of the Pottery Museum of Red Wing 2014
  • Trails West Chapter Charter Member

Wendy Callicoat attended her first RWCS Convention the same year she became a member. She began her legacy of volunteerism shortly thereafter, impacting every task with her energy and creativity. Wendy and Sue Jones Tagliapietra co-founded KidsView of Red Wing in 1999 and together they developed a program that in time would encourage hundreds of children to develop an appreciation of the Red Wing clay industry. Every event Wendy has had a role in creating, implementing and planning, including Crockfest and “Wine-ing” for Red Wing, demonstrates her event planning expertise.

Sue Jones Tagliapietra – 2015

Sue Jones Tagliapietra of Madison, Wisconsin, Red Wing Collectors Society Member #3732, has made significant contributions to the Red Wing Collectors Society.  Sue is hereby inducted into the Red Wing Collectors Society Hall of Fame this 10th day of July, 2015 in recognition of these lifetime achievements:

  • Joined the Red Wing Collectors Society in 1988
  • RWCS Convention Volunteer for Registration and Shared Interest Groups
  • RWCS Newsletter Advisory Board 1997-2000
  • RWCS Secretary 1998-2003
  • RWCS Newsletter Contributor
  • Co-Founded KidsView of Red Wing 1999
  • Co-Chaired KidsView of Red Wing 1999-2013
  • RWCS President 2004-2009
  • Founded and Chaired MidWinter GetTogether Kids View 2007-2013
  • RWCS Foundation Board Member 2010-2013
  • RWCS Foundation Donor
  • Founding Member Friends of the Pottery Museum of Red Wing 2014
  • Wisconsin Chapter Member since 2000
  • Badger Chapter Charter Member

Sue Jones Tagliapietra has served the RWCS in many areas with her contagious enthusiasm and cheerful attitude. Her joy of  RWCS friendships carried over into her leadership skills during her tenure as President of  RWCS. Sue and Wendy Callicoat co-founded KidsView of Red Wing in 1999 and together they developed a program that in time would encourage hundreds of children to develop an appreciation of the Red Wing clay industry. Sue expanded KidsView activities to the MidWinter GetTogether in 2007. Sue’s commitment to the KidsView program, leadership of  RWCS and her positive outlook and inclusive personality have been appreciated by many.

The Red Wing Collectors Society is delighted to welcome Wendy Callicoat and Sue Jones Tagliapietra into the RWCS Hall of Fame.

2015 Convention Display Results

2015 Display Results PDF

The 2015 Convention was July 9-11 in Red Wing, MN. Once again the displays were a wonderful part of the Convention. Below are at the results as published by display chair Laura Beall in the RWCS Newsletter.

Interested in displaying next year? Please contact Laura at display@redwingcollectors.org or visit the display page to learn more.

Mailed Commemorative Update

I wanted to let you know that we haven’t forgotten that we owe you commemoratives.  Our potter experienced some production issues on the last run and had to remake some commemoratives to meet the “mail delivered” requirements.  We thought all was set to ship last week and hit another delay.  Just over half of the “mail delivered” commemoratives were shipped on September 1st and 2nd. Due to packaging issues the remainder are scheduled to ship on September 8.

I apologize for this unforseen delay. It seems that pottery making can still a bit more art than science.   Please allow until September 14 for pieces to arrive. Enjoy the holiday!

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