An annual commemorative will be unveiled and distributed to members beginning Thursday, July 9. 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 stoneware pig figure was well-received by the membership.
The Convention will officially kick off with a keynote presentation from Ronald C. Schirmer, Ph.D. from Minnesota State University at Mankato, an expert on ancient pottery from the Red Wing area, at 10:30 a.m. July 8 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 educational seminar topics are also on tap for Friday, July 8, including an orientation for first timers, demonstrations by a working potter from Ephraim Pottery “throwing” pieces on a wheel, Red Wing 101, recent finds from the old pottery dump, Red Wing dinnerware, Pennsylvania’s Sherwood Brothers pottery, Red Wing Saffronware and using Facebook to enhance your collecting experience. In addition, writer Ruth Nerhaugen will share her unique insight from having created the RWCS Convention Supplement for the Red Wing Republican Eagle newspaper for so many years and the RWCS Foundation will hold an info session about its the exciting news and progress.
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 of all ages 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, a new program will be held at this year’s Convention geared towards helping young Red Wing collectors ages 15 to 20 to grow their interest in Red Wing. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Red Wing, develop new friendships through peer-to-peer discussion groups and participate in hands-on activities.
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 email@example.com or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org.
Even kids get into the act at the RWCS Convention. The RWCS KidsView educational program has greatly enhanced the Convention experience for kids and helped them to get more interested in collecting.