Many Stolen Red Wing Collectors Society Items Recovered

Red Wing, MN. After discovering on Nov. 8 that its storage unit had been burglarized and several hundred pieces had been stolen; the Red Wing Collectors Society has made good progress in recovering many of the items.

Most of the Red Wing stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery that was stolen had been donated by RWCS members to be used for the KidsView Program that takes place during the RWCS Annual Convention in Red Wing, MN.

After contacting about 50 antique shops in the Red Wing area, RWCS Executive Director Stacy Wegner tracked down more than 150 pieces of the Society’s Red Wing pottery that had been sold to an antique dealer in Lake City, Minn. Thanks Wegner’s perseverance and help from the Red Wing Police Department, these pieces were returned to the RWCS on Friday, Dec. 9.

Wegner and KidsView Co-chair Sue Jones Tagliapietra were very excited to have the pieces returned and are working together to determine what is still missing.

“The Red Wing Police helped us recover much more than expected,” Wegner said. “Many of the returned pieces are Restaurant Ware and other shape blanks that will be used for the KidsView ‘Paint Your Plate Event’ at the Convention. Hopefully we’ll be able to locate the rest of the stolen items.”

The Red Wing Collectors Society will celebrate its 35th anniversary at its Convention next summer, which will take place July 12-14, 2012. The RWCS is the largest collectors society in the nation and more than 1200 members are expected to attend the event, making the Convention the premier place to buy and sell Red Wing stoneware and pottery.

The Red Wing Police Department is looking into persons of interest and the investigation is ongoing. The public has been supportive and police are receiving tips on potential suspects. Please contact the Red Wing Police Department at 651-267-2600 if you know the whereabouts of these pieces or are offered any of these items for purchase. For more information, contact Stacy Wegner at or 800-977-7927.

Photos of recovered items:

2011 Commemoratives items to be auctioned at MidWinter

Commemorative Manager Bob Morawski announced today that there will be both silent and live auctions for 2011 Commemorative items at the 2012 MidWinter GetTogether in Des Moines, IA – February 10-12.

Version “A” has a lazy 8 target design, version “B” has a butterfly and version “C” has a bird. The Commemoratives are all stamped just like vintage churns. The stamp can appear on the front, back or either side. The stamp resembles a vintage slit oval stamp and reads “RWCS Convention 2011”. The Commemoratives were produced by Maple City Pottery in Monmouth, Illinois. The churns were hand-turned, hand-decorated and glazed with hand-thrown salt. The churn lid was pressed in a two-piece mold.(Click here to learn more)

Photo of 2011 Commemorative versions available: triple, top center; Version A, bottom left; Version B, bottom center; Version C, bottom right.

Members attending the 2012 MidWinter GetTogether will have two opportuntiese to add to their commemorative collections.

Beginning Friday, February 10 at Registration the Silent Auction begins. The silent auction will will include:

1. Set of version A, B, and C, 2011 commemoratives
2. One Triple – one piece featuring all three decorations
3. 5, Kids View versions

For the first time, the RWCS Commemorative was available in a life-size version at the 2011 Convention. Members attending various Convention events had the opportunity to bid on these life-size 4 gallon churns. Morawski reserved one set of these life-size pieces for MidWinter. At the Friday Night Speakeasy these pieces will be auction at MidWinter!

1. Version A
2. Version B
3. Version C
4. Triple, all 3 decorations on one piece
5. Special
6. Kids View Version

Photo taken at the 2011 Convention shows the life-size versions of the commemoratives.

So make plans to head to MidWinter in Des Moines, IA – February 10-12. We hope to see you there.  To learn more about MidWinter visit our event page or contact us. Click here to register today!

MidWinter GetTogether Educational Seminar Information Available

The RWCS Education Manager, Glenn Beall, has announced the 2012 MidWinter GetTogether Education Session schedule. All education will be on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

Keynote: 8:00 am
RWCS Foundation – The Past, Present, and Future of Creating Your World Class Pottery Museum
Following by the 35th Anniversary Committee presentation

Education Sessions: 9:40am to 10:30am and 10:40am to 11:30am
RWCSF Board – Answering your Questions and Asking for your input to creating a World Class Pottery Museum

Dinnerware Mysteries and Reproductions –Terry Moe & Larry Roschen
Dump & Privy Digging – Mark Wiseman
Decorating with Red Wing – Kathy Decker
Red Wing Dump – Steve Showers

Kids View – Roaring Pottery of Red Wing – Sue Jones Tagliapietra

Full Education Session descriptions and Speaker Bios are available for PDF Download Now!

MidWinter wil lbe February 10-12, 2012 in Des Moines, IA at the Holiday Inn and Suites. Visit the events page to learn more or register today!

RWCS Foundation raises over $4,500 during Give to the Max Day

Thank you so much for helping to make Give to the Max Day a huge success for the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation. Through your wonderful generosity yesterday, the foundation raised$ 4,960. The Red Wing Area Fund and the Jones Foundation are providing grants to some of the not-for-profit foundations and we are anxiously awaiting their decision to see if we will be one of them. I will keep you informed of the total amount that we raised thanks to your generous support of the foundation’s mission to preserve Red Wing and other American stoneware, art pottery and dinnerware and expand the public’s awareness of these wares, not only as an art form but also as a historical reflection of American culture.

Larry Peterson, Dave & Diane Hallstrom, and the entire board of the RWCS Foundation

RWCS Foundation Needs Your Help This Wednesday

Hello fellow collectors,

We need your help! This Wednesday, November 16th is Give to the Max Day and the RWCS Foundation is participating this year. You can donate anywhere from $10 to however much you would like; all with just a few clicks and we want to make this as easy and painless as we can for you; go online to our page on the Give to the Max Day which is:

If you are able to help us by donating funds these next few days, the Red Wing Area Fund and the Jones Family Foundation are providing matching funds this year so your dollar goes farther!  Larry Peterson and Dave & Diane Hallstrom will be participating at the Red Wing YMCA all day on Wednesday, November 16th where all the local nonprofits will be. Stop in and say “Hi!” as they would love to thank you in person for your donation.

Thank you for all you do for us.

Dave Hallstrom,


RWCS Foundation


RWCS Storage unit burglarized

Tuesday, November 8 the Red Wing Collectors Society storage unit was found broken into. The RWCS is working with Red Wing Police.

All the pottery for the Kids View was stolen, including over 100 pieces of Red Wing Restaurant ware (see photo) for Convention Paint your Plate event. Sue Jones Tagliapietra is actively working on an inventory list. If you made a donation of a piece of Red Wing to Kids View in 2011, please email a description and value along with a photo if possible. This will help us gather the inventory list for Red Wing Police.

Example of Red Wing Restaurant Ware - 100 pieces missing

The investigating officer and the detective on the case request that we keep an eye out on Craigslist and eBay for lots originating in the area. Once we have a list, I will post it on the RWCS website.

Below are photos taken of donated pieces from the 2011 Convention. Identify marks is that all the pieces have a sticker dot with a number on them.

Please notify the police if you are offered these for purchase.

Other examples of plain Red Wing Dinneware stolen:

Tweed Text – round with raised pattern in plate

35th Anniversary Committee Announcement

JULY 12TH -14TH 2012
Photo of Committee Co- Chairs: Brenda Schwab, Wendy Callicoat, Ann Busse Tucker
If you haven’t been to convention lately…..don’t miss this event. Bring the family, grab a friend and be in Red Wing next July. There will be lots of new activities and exciting changes for our traditional activities in celebration of our anniversary. Watch the newsletter and the RWCS website for the latest updates.
If you are interested in helping with the planned activities contact Wendy Callicoat to volunteer. We would love to have you!!!!!!!

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