The Red Wing Collectors Society wishes to thank these local Red Wing, MN businesses for supporting the 2011 Convention, July 7-9 in Red Wing. We appreciate your support of our annual Crock Hunt, Picnic, Banquet, and other events!
35th Annual Convention
Stirring up the Memories
July 7-9, 2011
Red Wing, MN – The RWCS releases the 2011 Show and Sale floor plan and vendor list today.
The annual Show and Sale for the 35th Annual Convention will be on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Red Wing High School, Red Wing, MN. The show opens to members at 9:00 am Sharp and FREE to the public at 10:30 am. The show will close at 1:30 pm.
With over 125 sellers Red Wing Stoneware, Dinnerware, Art Pottery, and Memorabilia Collectors are sure to find something to add to their collection.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
2011 RWCS Convention announces MEATHEADS as BRAT FEED Sponsor
Red Wing Pottery Sales Lot as the Events NEW HOME!
Wednesday, July 6th
11:00 am to 3:00pm
Red Wing, MN – The Red Wing Collectors Society is excited to announce that Meatheads of Red Wing, MN will sponsor the Annual Convention Brat Feed and the Red Wing Pottery Sales parking lot will be the event’s new home!
Meatheads has been involved with the RWCS Convention for the past few years with the annual Convention picnic and the Brat Feed last year. The Meathead’s Brat Feed this year will include: a brat with all the fix ‘ins along with chips, water, and new this year, their awesome beans. Meatheads will also be donate a portion of their proceeds to the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation!
Special thanks to Red Wing Pottery Sales and Shops located at 1920 Old West Main Street for supporting this long time tradition of the Convention. The Brat Feed will be located at the end of the parking lot across from the North Star Monument, adjacent to the new home of Larry’s Jugs and Antiques.
"We are very excited to partner with Meatheads and Red Wing Pottery Sales and Shops to have another successful brat feed and support the RWCS Foundation!" said Stacy Wegner, executive director.
The Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation maintains the Red Wing Pottery Museum in Red Wing, Minnesota located within the former Minnesota Stoneware Company building where pottery was manufactured until Red Wing Potteries closed in 1967. In addition, they work on preservation projects, research and scholarships to students who are studying in areas of ceramic history, ceramic engineering or pottery making.
In addition, the RWCS will once again be have a Membership Tent and live radio remote with KWNG Red Wing! Come and learn about membership and register for a chance to win RWCS membership and registration for Convention.
The Brat Feed is the pre-curser to the official start of the Convention, July 7th at Red Wing High School. This 3-day event features: a Red Wing stoneware and pottery auction, education sessions, a show and sale, displays, kids programs, social events and so much more.
Convention is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC on Saturday, July 9 featuring our display room and Show and Sale with more than 150 vendors of stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
2011 RWCS Convention
Stirring Up the Memories
July 7-9, 2011
The RWCS 35th Annual Convention officially kicks off on Thursday, July 7th with the General Session featuring Keynote Dr. Ronald Schirmer from Mankato State University. He will be presenting the ancient pottery of Red Wing – its construction methods, decorations, and the roles it played in the culture.
Friday, July 8th will be Education Day at the Convention. The presentation lineup has something for every collector. Presentation topics include:
Red Wing Dump Finds
Red Wing Dinnerware Paper Products
Salt Glaze Production
Finding Red Wing through the Media
RWCS Foundation and Red Wing Pottery Museum
Treasure’s from the Dump
New Brighton, PA Pottery
Red Wing Trivia
What is Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube?
A special guest speaker and late addition to the line up is Hannes Kuehn. Hannes was a molder and designer at Red Wing Pottery in the 1950’s. He will be giving a narrative presentation about his "Recollections of Working at the Pottery"
It’s not to late to Join and Attend the 2011 Convention. It’s sure to be a great memory making experience.
The RWCS Convention will be held at the Red Wing High School in Red Wing MN. To learn more about the convention – click here!
Norm’s Auction Service
Saturday, May 14th
9:00 am start
Peggy Melina is relocating we will sell the large collection of antiques and collectibles at public auction located from Wadena, MN, 2 1/2 miles west on Hwy 29 to Black’s Grove Park Road, then 1/8 mile north
Peggy Melina of Wadena, MN has been collecting 40-plus years of antiques and collectibles. You will find the very finest and unique items that will be sold anywhere. This will be an all day auction. Bring a friend as we will be running 2 rings. For information feel free to call Peggy at 218-255-1263. We will see you at this auction!
For the Red Wing Collectors Here are some photos and listing that sure will draw your interest:
1931 Redwing Pottery glazeware and brushware price listing
Red Wing dishes, Bob White, Spring Song, Grenada, Driftwood
Red Wing canisters
7-Unmarked Red Wing cookie jars
Red Wing bowls
Red Wing Crocks, pottery & misc. collectibles