2012 Commemorative Unveiled

Chromoline Vase shape 676

2012 Commemorative Version A, B, C from left to right

In 2012, the Red Wing Collectors Society produced three different versions of its Commemorative. Version “A” is 90% of the total made, version “B” is 9% and version “C” consists of 36 pieces to match the 36th Annual RWCS Convention. No one knew which version they were going to receive until they selected a sealed box at the Convention or received their piece in the mail.

The 2012 Commemorative is a #676 Chromoline vase. Red Wing’s “Chromoline Handpainted” series of art pottery appeared in only three company catalogs – fall of 1960 and spring and fall of 1961. Its sweeping lines and shapes with bold, distinctive styling embody the Eames Era of Modern Design, which generally describes the post war era from around 1948 to 1964.

The 15 different shapes in the Chromoline series included covered candy dishes, vases, compotes, candlesticks and ash trays. Although a couple pieces are known to exist with one-of-a-kind experimental glaze colors, Chromoline was made in only two glaze combinations: rust (orange)/green, and blue/yellow.

Version “A” has the orange/green glazing, Version “B” has the blue/yellow colors and Version “C” has a  gray, pink and rust glaze combination, which mimics an experimental M3006 vase that is on display at the Schleich Red Wing Pottery Museum in Lincoln, Neb.
The Commemoratives are all ink-stamped on the bottom and read “Red Wing Collectors Society Convention, July 12-14, 2012”. The Commemoratives were produced by Maple City Pottery in Monmouth, Illinois. The vases were cast in a two-piece mold and hand-painted.

2012 Special Commemoratives

The 2012 Special Commemorative is a #671 Chromoline covered candy dish. Each of the 18 Special Commemoratives were hand-turned and hand-painted; nine have the orange/green glaze combination and nine have the blue/yellow combination. They were given out as awards for displays, prizes and various drawings including a new drawing at the Thursday Night Auction. In addition, one was auctioned in the Commemorative Room.

2012 Kids View version with black light



KidsView once again commissioned 15 pieces. The KidsView vases were cold-painted by hand and glow under a black light. These pieces were auctioned off in a variety of ways to raise money for KidsView activities.



2012 Commemorative Triple Version

35th Anniversary Celebration Sponsors

The RWCS wishes to thank the following sponsors

for their support of the 35th Anniversary Celebration Convention

activities and events

Annual Crock Hunt Sponsors

St. James Hotel
Red Wing Area Seniors/ Annedee’s Closet
Hanisch Bakery
Pete’s Kitchen Corner
Bed Bath Treasures
Goodhue County Historical Society
Christian Book Store
Josephson’s Clothing
The Subhouse
Red Wing Arts Association
Whimsy’s Closet
Life’s Little Oasis
Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce
Marie’s Underground Grill & Tap House
Liberty’s Restaurant and Lounge 

RWCS “Charter Member Breakfast” Sponsors

California Chapter, in memory of George Stein
Sunshine State Red Wingers Chapter
An Event to Remember
Café 149 

RWCS “Crock Fest”  presented by

 Platinum Sponsor:
Larry’s Jugs
Hallstrom’s Florist
Sycamore Antiques

Gold Sponsor
Treasure Island Resort & Casino
First State Bank Red Wing
California Chapter, in memory of George Stein
Family of George Stein

Silver Sponsors
City of Red Wing
St. James Hotel
Goodhue County Historical Society
White Rock Bank
Red Wing Pottery and Shops
Red Wing Downtown Mainstreet
*Clean up provided by Red Wing Hockey Association

RWCS Convention underwriting provided by the following Red Wing Businesses

35th Anniversary Platinum Sponsor

Hanisch Bakery

35th Anniversary Gold Sponsor

St. James Merchants Association
Nicols Inn

35th Anniversary Silver Sponsor

Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Josephson’s Clothing
Vogel & Gorman PLC
Red Wing Pottery and Shops
Simple Abundance
Red Wing Shoe Co.
Best Western Rivertown Inn and Suites
Red Wing Stoneware
Red Wing Visitor and Convention Bureau
Red Wing Golf Club
Third Floor Antiques
Red Wing Confectionary
Uffda Shop
Hill Street Antiques
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Provenzano’s Ristorante
Red Wing Shoe Store
Corner Medical
Moments On Main
Ferrin’s Furniture Co
Liquor King
Retro Specs
Inspired Home & Flower Studio
West End Liquor
Wiederholt’s Supper Club
Pottery Place Antiques
McDonald’s of Red Wing
Randy Restaurant
Al’s Antiques
Salvation Army
Countryside Antiques
Red Wing Trolley Company
Brickhouse Pub & Grill
Tittle Real Estate
Cut Above Home
Bev’s Café
Clayton’s Hallmark

Auction Manager, Todd Avery, announces a few of 2012 Auction Highlights

Stoneware and pottery are in the air, as another RWCS Convention is almost upon us. Memories of last year’s wonderful event still linger in our minds and we set our wondering imaginations to what will be in store this year.

The Thursday RWCS Auction is coming together with a nice variety of offerings. This year’s event is shaping up to have about the same number of lots as last year (250+). As always, there are some really incredible pieces in the lineup, including TWO signed 30 gallon salt glaze butterfly crocks. Yes, two! The photos shown here are a few of the items that have been submitted. This may be your year to add that special piece of art pottery, dinnerware, or stoneware to your collection. And, what better place to do it than at the RWCS Thursday Auction!? I hope everyone remembers that this is your Auction. Every piece is from a member or a chapter, and by attending and bidding, you are directly showing your support for fellow RWCS members.

The Auction Check-in is from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 and 8 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 12. The earlier you can be there to submit your piece, the better. Auction viewing will run from 12:15 to 4:15 p.m. Thursday and the event will start at 4:30 p.m.

I encourage everyone to come early and bid often. I hope to see you there!

-Todd Avery, RWCS Auction Manager

“CROCKFEST” and Other New Events to Headline Red Wing Collectors Society’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

“CROCKFEST” and Other New Events to Headline

Red Wing Collectors Society’s 35th Anniversary Celebration


Red Wing, MN- In celebration of the Red Wing Collectors Society’s (RWCS) 35th anniversary, several exciting new events will take place during the RWCS Annual Convention, which is scheduled for July12-14 in Red Wing, Minn.

This uber-rare 30 gallon salt glaze butterfly crock with "Red Wing Stoneware Co." stenciled in cobalt is one of the many great pieces expected to be up for grabs at this year's Members-only Auction To see more pieces submitted by members for this year's auction visit the auction page.

“Whether you have a casual interest in Red Wing stoneware and pottery, or you’re a die-hard collector, the RWCS Convention is the place to spend your summer vacation this year,” says RWCS 35th Anniversary Committee Co-chair Wendy Callicoat. “From the new CROCKFEST event we’ve created to all the auctions and sales and everything in between, attendees are sure to have a great time.”

New 35th Anniversary events on Thursday, July 12 include a free breakfast for RWCS members to recognize the Society’s charter members at 8 a.m., a balloon release honoring departed members and Lunch & Learn Sessions at noon and Shared Interest Groups from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; each of these events will take place at Red Wing High School.

On Friday, July 13, a time capsule will be buried at the North Star Monument in Red Wing’s historic pottery district at 8:30 a.m., a pig roast lunch will be served at Red Wing High School from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and CROCKFEST – a festival featuring food, music by the Cruisers, kids activities and fun for the whole Red Wing community – will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Red Wing’s Central Park.

In addition to these new activities, RWCS members have their lineup of usual favorites to attend during Convention, including street sales held throughout the community, a string of auctions highlighted by the always popular RWCS Thursday Night Auction at Red Wing High School, educational seminars and the official RWCS Show & Sale at Red Wing High School that begins for members at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 14 and opens FREE to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Other major activities include a “Crock Hunt” scavenger hunt around the historic Mississippi River town, the KidsView educational program for kids ages 3 to 12 and the Young Collectors Club for ages 13-20. There is also a special display room at Red Wing High School, where members create their own unique displays for the education and enjoyment of attendees, combined with some fun and creative competition.

The RWCS Foundation will also hold several events on Wednesday, July 11 to raise support and awareness for its new museum space – the north half of the Pottery Place Annex. (The RWCS Foundation Board in April signed a purchase agreement for the building, which is about 10,000 sq. ft. larger than the current Red Wing Pottery Museum that is located across the parking lot in Pottery Place.) These events include a food booth and pre-registration badge pickup outside the Pottery Place Annex, 2000 Old West Main St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guided tours of the Red Wing Pottery Museum from noon to 2 p.m. and a wine & cheese fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. The wine & cheese event will featuring both silent and live auctions and live music by musician Karl Burke.

An annual commemorative will be unveiled and distributed to members beginning Thursday, July 12. 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, contributing to their increase in value in following years. Last year’s commemorative cobalt-decorated salt glaze churn was well-received by the membership.

Hannes Kuehn, who worked at the Red Wing Potteries as a mold maker in 1956, will officially kick off Convention with a keynote presentation at 10:30 a.m. July 12 in the Hove Auditorium at Red Wing High School, 2451 Eagle Ridge Dr. The presentation will be open to the public.

A good selection of topics are also on tap for the educational sessions on Friday, July 13, including an orientation for first timers, Red Wing salt glaze, Red Wing 101, recent finds from the old pottery dump, Red Wing dinnerware, history of the villages surrounding the Goodhue County clay pits, Minnesota’s New Ulm stoneware and digging old privies in search of antiques and artifacts. In addition, the RWCS Foundation will hold an info session on all its exciting new developments and what it has planned for the coming years.

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. The focus on these RWCS members is an important part of the vision of the Society to ensure its continued existence and growth. There are many interactive and challenging activities and seminars for children ages 3-12 to get involved in, such as learning how to bid at an auction, what to look for in an antique, and several hands-on pottery creation projects.

To further complement KidsView, the RWCS Young Collectors is entering its second 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.

To learn more about all the events and activities of the 35th Anniversary Convention Celebration, visit the RWCS website event page for the Convention. The RWCS can also be found on Facebook and followed on Twitter.

The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 in Red Wing, Minn. and is devoted to educating people about all American pottery. There are more than 4,000 members worldwide. The Red Wing Potteries had diverse pottery lines that included stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery. 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.

Red Wing Pottery Museum Fundraiser – July 11

Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation

Red Wing Pottery Museum Fundraiser

Wednesday, July 11

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Red Wing, MN – The Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation, Red Wing Pottery Museum Welcomes everyone to join them at this fundraising event.

RWCS Membership Milestones to be recognized

The RWCS 35th Anniversary Committee announced this week that it will recognize milestones of the registered 2012 Convention attendees who have been members for 10 years or more.

Add Join Date

Members who have pre-registered for Convention and provided their join date will receive a pin in recognition for their years of membership in the RWCS.

Years of membership will be recognized for milestones of 10-14 years, 15-19 years, 20-24 years, 25+ years and 35 years (Charter Members). A different piece of Red Wing pottery or stoneware will be pictured on the pin depending on the milestone reached.

“The 35th Anniversary Celebration Convention is a perfect time to acknowledge the longevity of our members.” said Wendy Callicoat, RWCS 35th Anniversary Committee member.

Members are encouraged to contact the office 800-977-7927 or email or log on to the RWCS site with their membership number and password to confirm their join date year. If you are unsure of your join date, visit the Commemorative Page to determine the first commemorative you received.

The RWCS Convention is set for July 12-14, 2012 in Red Wing, MN. The pre-registration period ended on Friday, June 8; onsite registration opens at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 12 at Red Wing High School. To learn more about the Convention, please visit the event page.

RWCS Convention Education Released

Red Wing, MN – The Red Wing Collectors Society education manager Glenn Beall releases educational program for the 2012 Convention, set for July 12-14, 2012 in Red Wing, MN.

This year along the education program has expanded to offer shared interest groups, lunch and learn video session, and keynote opens to the public. To learn more about education at the 2012 Convention visit: Education Seminar Information Page includes session description, speaker bios, and schedule of time and days.

There is still time to join the RWCS and register to attend the 2012 Convention. To learn more about the Convention visit the event page.

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