2010 MidWinter Updates

2010 MidWinter GetTogether


February 12, 13, 14, 2010

Holiday Inn & Suites – Des Moines, IA

We are just a few weeks away to our Fiesta at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites (4800 Merle Hay Road), Des Moines, Iowa. We have a jam packed weekend of room sales, education sessions, show and sale and other opportunities to keep your Red Wing passion from taking a siesta this winter.

Forgot to register? You can register on site beginning Friday at 1:00 pm – $30 gets you in!

JUST ADDED: Information Session for first timers to MidWinter and New RWCS members! Check in at the registration table at 4:30 pm Friday, to get all your questions answered about the RWCS and the MidWinter event.

Need more information – it’s just a click away!

Event Schedule – NEW! First timers session!

2010 MidWinter Education

Sellers Floor Plan – sold out for a 3rd year!
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Rooms for the 2010 MidWinter GetTogether are still available – CALL TODAY 515-278-4755!


Come Join us in Des Moines!

New members and collectors always welcome!

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2008 Newsletter available now online

2008 RWCS Newsletter PDF Available!

Available to all current RWCS members are the 2008 Newsletter PDF. Visit the RWCS Newsletter tab to see view. Here are a the issue highlights:

February 2008: an article on Jimmie Durkin a wine and liquor dealer from Spokane, WA,

April 2008: Red Wing Color Swatch Test Plates used to test glaze colors for Red Wing Pottery.

June 2008: Lampert Yard, Inc. advertising pieces made by Red Wing Stoneware

August 2008: Christel’s Cash Stores of Brillion and Valders, WI using Red Wing Stoneware advertising

October 2008: The Stoneware of New Ulm and Red Wing’s Packaging Methods

December 2008: A Blue Crackle Christmas and east coast collectors art pottery story

These stories along with so much more is available to all RWCS Members in the 2008 Newsletter.

Not a member of the RWCS? JOIN TODAY! Only $25 annually.


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2010 MidWinter GetTogether


February 12-14, 2010
Des Moines, IA

RED WING, MN. – The frigid temperatures and threat of snow in February usually doesn’t make Des Moines the most enjoyable place to spend Valentines weekend, but things will be sure to warm up when collectors bring their love for Red Wing stoneware and pottery to town for the Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) MidWinter GetTogether Feb. 12-14.

RWCS is the organization devoted to those who collect a diverse line of crocks, jugs, churns, dinnerware and art pottery manufactured in Red Wing from the 1880s to 1960s. Hundreds of people from around the country are expected to attend the February event, which serves as a precursor and helps tie collectors over until the annual national RWCS Convention in Red Wing in July. These two events serve as great opportunities for members to buy and sell 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.

Many attendees sell Red Wing wares from their hotel rooms during the MidWinter GetTogether, which is highlighted by organized activities including a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. The theme of this year’s event is “Fiesta in February”. Mexican cuisine will be served and attendees are encouraged to bring their ponchos and sombreros to take part in the fun. Educational sessions and KidsView activities will be held for members on Saturday, Feb. 13. The keynote presentation that morning will be given by Dan DePasquale, who will discuss the process of putting together his new book – Red Wing Stoneware Encyclopedia – with co-author and fellow Red Wing collector Larry Peterson. Released last fall, the first printing of the book has already sold out due to high demand.

Two new educational presentations will also be offered at this year’s event – Red Wing Paper Products and Canning: From the Crock to the Jar. Other educational presentations will include Recent Pottery Dump Finds by Steve Showers and a special guest presentation on Iowa Stoneware by Michael Smith, curator at the Iowa Historical Society Museum. KidsView educational activities will also take place to keep kids entertained while their parents hunt for new pieces of Red Wing for their collections.

A show and sale will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 followed by an auction at 6 p.m. – both of which are open to the public. Whether you’re new to collecting Red Wing or an experienced collector, there’s something for everyone at the MidWinter GetTogether.

All activities will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 4800 Merle Hay Road, in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the MidWinter GetTogether, or the annual Red Wing Collectors Society Summer Convention, which is slated for July 8-10 in Red Wing, Minn., log on to www.redwingcollectors.org.

Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society costs only $25 and includes six 16-page full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. 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.

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MidWinter Show and Sale tables sold out – 3rd year in a row

2010 MidWinter GetTogether


February 12-14, 2010
Des Moines, IA


The RWCS Business Office and Show and Sale Managers Pete and Cindy May are excited to report that Show and Sale for the 2009 MidWinter GetTogether, on Saturday, February 13, 2010 is Sold Out for a third year in a row.

The ballroom at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Des Moines, IA will be packed wall to wall with something for every collector. Sellers will have Red Wing and other American stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery wares for sale.

Come and see what you can add to your collection.

Register today!

Call: 800-977-7927 or log on to the RWCS Site!

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Convention 2010 Housing Information Available

2010 Housing Information Available!


The RWCS Business Office in conjunction with the Red Wing Visitor and Convention Bureau (VCB)have made the 2010 RWCS Annual Convention room rates available in Red Wing.

Kathy Silverthorn, Red Wing Visitor and Convention Bureau Director and Stacy Wegner, RWCS Executive Director, are excited to report that no properties increased their rates for next year; in fact, many have reduced their room rates!

Start making your plans to attend the 34th Annual Convention, July 8-10, 2010 in Red Wing!

Registration and other Convention forms will be available soon!

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Trails West Chapter Meeting at MidWinter

Trails West Chapter Meeting 

MidWinter 2010

Missouri Room, Friday, February 12, 2010

5:30 p.m.

The Trails West Chapter, one of RWCS’ most exciting, diverse (location-wise), and interesting chapters, will have a Chapter Room for gathering, room sales, and our infamous “pot luck,” at MidWinter in Des Moines on 02.12.10. 

The chapter’s “business” meeting will be in the Missouri Room (how appropriate) at 5:30 pm on Friday.  All Trails West Chapter Members please plan to join us for another fun get-together!   We need Y-O-U to exceed our attendance quota of 40+!

Photo from the 2009 MidWinter GetTogether of the Trails West Chapter!

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Video Lending Library List Updated

RWCS Video Lending Library List

Updated with 2009 Convention Sessions


The RWCS is proud to release the latest editions to the Video Lending Library. Since 1992, the RWCS has video taped many of their Annual Convention Education Sessions and Keynote speakers.

In 2009 the RWCS added the following Education Sessions and the Keynote Speaker to the library.

Keynote Speaker “Tales of the Road” by author Cathy Wurzer

Dinnerware Overview I & II, 1941-1967 by Terry Moe & Larry Roschen

Gypsy Trail A to Z, I & II by Terry Moe & Larry Roschen

These new sessions along with the more than 200 sessions creates a power house library of information for the Red Wing collector. Here are some examples of sessions already in the library:

Red Wing Pottery Dump Sessions
Art Pottery by Ray Reiss
Memories of a Potter’s Daughter – Helen Bell
Stoneware – Zinc Glaze, Jugs, saffron ware, Salt Glaze
Eva Ziesel -Town and County and her work experience at the Red Wing Potteries

Video Lending Library access is FREE to RWCS members! Sessions from 1992 to 2005 are available on VHS but can be converted to DVD. 2006 to present Sessions are available on DVD.

If you are interested in receiving one of these videos to view at home, your next Chapter meeting or to share with someone who is interested Red Wing, please contact the RWCS Business Office today!

The RWCS Video Lending Library is sure to have something for you!

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MidWinter 2010 Education Available Now!

2010 MidWinter GetTogether


February 12-14, 2010
Des Moines, IA

The 2010 MidWinter GetTogether is sure to be a great learning experience for all of our attendees – something for everyone!

We have a few returning sessions from Convention and new ones to peak your interest. Here is a quick list of what is available at MidWinter:

Dan DePasquale – The "Ins and Outs" of Writing Book

First Session Only:
Red Wing Paper Products – Dan DePasquale

Second Session Only:
Canning: From the Crock to the Jar – guest speaker Diane Roupe

Both Sessions:
Insuring your Collection – Bob Kubes
Red Wing Dump Finds – Steve Showers
Saffron Ware – Tammi Soutar Hawley
Iowa Stoneware – Michael Smith
"Fiesta before Siesta" – KIDS VIEW
Download the Education Session info today; mark your calendar to attend the 2010 MidWinter GetTogether in Des Moines, IA.

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