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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2010 MidWinter Registration Now Open!

2010 MidWinter GetTogether


February 12-14, 2010
Des Moines, IA
Señors and señoritas of the Red Wing Collectors Society – it’s time to get ready for "Fiesta in February" MidWinter GetTogether 2010, February 12-14 at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Des Moines, Iowa.

So grab your sombreros and bring your margarita glasses because we are going to fiesta our love of Red Wing! Registration for MidWinter is already open – save yourself the stamp and register online or call 800-977-7927.

Need more dinero to support your habit? Consider having a table at the Show & Sale for only $35. Table requests need to be in by Jan. 8, 2010.

Bring the niños, too, because we’ll have KidsView activities for them to participate in.

Katie Hardyman is looking for volunteers to help with registration and Friday night setup. If interested, please e-mail her at MEMBERSHIP@REDWINGCOLLECTORS.ORG. In addition, we’re asking members that have Mexican-themed decorations to donate to please contact the business office.

MidWinter is sure to be a HOT HOT time in Des Moines! Don’t take a siesta this year; mark your calendar and come Fiesta in February!

Room reservations:

Call today: 515-278-4755

New Downloads:

Event Poster - help market our event

Check back soon for:

Kids View
Educational Seminars
Show and Sale Floor Plan


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MidWinter 2010 Housing Open!

Fiesta in February

2010 MidWinter GetTogether

February 12-14

Des Moines, IA

It time to starting thinking about the MidWinter GetTogether "Fiesta in February" at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Des Moines, IA. Here is the property information:

Holiday Inn and Suites
4800 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

Phone: 515-278-4755

More information on the 2010 MidWinter Coming Soon!

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Goodhue County Historical Society releases Anniversary Commemorative

Goodhue County Historical Society

Celebrates its 140th Anniversary with a Commemorative Churn

Since 2007, Red Wing Pottery annually has done a special piece to commemorate a local event City sesquicentennial, state sesquicentennial Now— Goodhue County Historical Society (GCHS)’ 140th anniversary

1, 2 gallon and 140, 2-qt butter churns have been made to celebrate the anniversary. The commemoratives will be bottom-numbered 1 to 140. The large churn and the commemorative marked #1 will be auctioned off at the GCHS’ anniversary event, The Age of Style – 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, to be held Saturday, September 26 from 5:00 until 11:00 pm at the Treasure Island Event Center (reservations accepted through September 15). Commemorative #140 will become part of the GCHS’ permanent collections.

Churns #2 – #139 will be available for sale Saturday, September 19 beginning at 8:00 am at Red Wing Pottery Sales, 1920 Old W Main St, Red Wing. The cost is $75.00, with 50% of every sale donated to the GCHS.

The commemoratives will be for sale on a first-come, first-served basis. Each customer may purchase one churn. No pre-ordering or online orders will be taken. Pieces were made by Mark Connolly, Scott Keith, and Alex Wilson.The 2 gallon churn, is specially signed “Mark the Potter.”

The churns are salt-glazed pottery pieces. This was the first kind made by skilled German craftsmen in the late 1800s. This small beginning gave rise to the largest pottery company in the United States. Following the long tradition of pottery making, today’s expert craftsmen produced these pieces by hand.

The churn was chosen because of its historical significance. Each piece has been hand-decorated with a tradition decoration used by earlier Red Wing potters. Each piece is back-stamped with a special GCHS 140th anniversary stamp

Because this is the third in a series of bottom-numbered pieces, it is highly collectible. The earlier pieces sold out within an hour and the value of the pieces immediately swelled. Last year’s piece could be found on eBay for 500% of its retail value.

The Red Wing Pottery is excited about using its skill in offering increasingly valuable commemorative pieces to help support the mission of the GCHS. Because organized pottery’s history goes back almost to the founding of the county, and indeed, pottery was made by the Native Americans living here long before the area was settled by white people, pottery has touched many aspects of county history. Partnering with the GCHS is an obvious way to support and promote the history of the county and the traditions that Red Wing Pottery carries on.

Char Henn
Goodhue County History Center
Red Wing MN 55066
651.388.6024/651.388.3577 (fax)

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