RWCS Foundation Board meeting announced

RWCS Foundation

Convention Board Meeting

Monday, July 6th

All RWCS members are invited to attend the RWCS Foundation Board Meeting that will be held during the Convention.

Where: Community Development Building
              419 Bush Street

When: Monday, July 6

Time: 6 p.m.

For more information please contact Ron Linde, president, via email ronlinde@lakes.com.

 

 

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Annual Houghton’s Auction Service, Wednesday night Auction Canceled

Houghton’s Auction Service

Annual Wednesday Night

Canceled

Red Wing, Minn. – Houghton’s Auction Service decided to cancel their Wednesday, July 8 Afternoon Auction at the Red Wing Armory.

The Tuesday, July 7th Auction will go ahead as scheduled. For more information or questions regarding either auction please contact Nancy or Dick Houghton at 651-388-5870.

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Red Wing Pottery Road Show Results

Red Wing Pottery Road Show once again proves that there are still new pottery discoveries.
Red Wing, Minn. – Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS), RWCS Foundation, and local RWCS Chapter, Cannon Valley Red Wing Collectors Club were once again shown that undiscovered Red Wing Pottery is still hiding in closets and basements.

The 2nd Annual Red Wing Pottery Road Show was held Saturday, May 16th at the Red Wing Pottery Museum. More than 75 people brought 50 pieces of Red Wing stoneware, dinnerware, and art pottery for our experts to evaluate and answer questions.

This year’s show brought to light new finds – stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery – something for every collector’s interest, especially our experts. The stoneware experts, Larry Peterson, Wayne Bell and Dave Hallstrom, saw great examples of Red Wing salt glaze, advertising, and sponge ware. Larry Roschen, Ivy Loughborough and Todd Hintz, dinnerware experts, examined several unique finds including a juicer with cup, lunch hour chop plate and one piece from a 1941 Orleans dinnerware pattern set still in the box – including the straw from the factory. A lamp with hand-painted art, piano planters and “the Suitor” figural, cold painted (painted after firing) in bisque were noted as the most interesting pieces by our art pottery experts, Mary Bang and Bonnie Myers.

“It was so exciting to know that there are still so many great examples of Red Wing out there waiting to be discovered!” said Stacy Wegner, executive director, RWCS. “I hope that each person felt they learned more about their piece of Red Wing!”

Like last year, dinnerware and stoneware shared the show jaw droppers. Stoneware expert’s attention was immediately grabbed by a 5 gallon scratched Albany slip jug double-handled and double-stamped on the handle and side. This rare early Red Wing Stoneware Company jug was valued to be $5,000 to $7,000 by expert Larry Peterson. All three dinnerware experts were excited to feast their eyes on recent eBay “lunch hour” plate. It was a Town and Country white dinner plate with a blue flower decoration and date mark on the back. The term “lunch hour” refers only to pieces that were decorated or personalized by pottery workers during their break.

“I’ve seen many ‘lunch hour’ plates over the years, but I can’t recall any on a Town & Country plate,” said Ivy Loughborough. “This plate would be sought after by both Red Wing collectors and collectors of designer Eva Zeisel’s work.”

Thanks to the success of the 2nd year of this event, the organization will plan to hold another Red Wing Pottery Road Show in 2010. If you missed the road show, there are two ways for you to find our more about a Red Wing piece in your possession – the RWCS free “Ask the Experts” service on the RWCS website www.RedWingColllectors.org or call the RWCS office at 800.977.7927.

The Red Wing Pottery Museum is managed by the RWCS Foundation. The museum has an extensive representation of characteristic and rare stoneware, art pottery and dinnerware items produced by the pottery industry of Red Wing is displayed and preserved. The museum also contains an important collection of memorabilia, vintage photographs and products related to this industry to provide for current and future educational experiences and scholarly endeavors consistent with the mission of the Foundation. It is located on 2nd floor of the historic Pottery Place Mall, located at 2000 Old West Main Street. It is open daily during mall hours and is free and open to the public. Guided tours can be arranged by contacting Diane Hallstrom at diahall@redwing.net.

The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 in Red Wing, Minn. The Society is dedicated to preserving the rich pottery history of Red Wing and other American pottery. There are more than 4,000 members worldwide. The Red Wing Potteries had diverse pottery lines of stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery. For more information or to become a member, contact the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org.

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NEW 2009 Convention Activities

The Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) announces the formation of the Pottery Welcome group. Several Red Wing organizations have come together to improve the RWCS Annual Convention for both members and the general public. The 2009 Convention will be July 9-11 and, in the past, has brought over 2,000 RWCS members to Red Wing each summer.

For the past 30 years, local businesses, organizations, and community members have supported the RWCS Annual Convention through donations to the Red Wing Chamber Potter’s Picnic and door prizes for the RWCS Convention Banquet. In addition, volunteers from the Visitor and Convention Bureau have staffed the info table at the high school and distributed welcome signs throughout the city.

The new Pottery Welcome Group includes representatives from the Red Wing Visitor and Convention Bureau, Red Wing Area Chamber, Downtown Mainstreet, City of Red Wing, RWCS Foundation, RWCS, Goodhue County Historical Society, and several other community leaders and RWCS members. The group has three tasks; to revitalize the Friday night social event into a new event open to both members and the public, send a welcome message to all attendees and visitors on behalf of the local businesses, and to contact Red Wing businesses and organizations for donations and support.

The Friday night social event will “Rock around the Crock” with a 50s sock hop event. The July 10 event will be open to both RWCS members and the public. This free concert will feature great music from the 50s, amazing food, and exciting activities.

In addition to “Rocking around the Crock”, members and the public are encouraged to participate in the RWCS first Crock Hunt! The Crock Hunt is a scavenger hunt of sorts within local businesses to win prizes at the Crock Hop. Details will be available in the Convention Supplement inserted in the Red Wing Republican Eagle July, 8th.

“The RWCS appreciates the donations that Red Wing businesses have given to the Convention each year. I feel that the Pottery Welcome Group efforts will make Red Wing residents and businesses feel a part of the RWCS Annual Convention as much as our members feel a part of our city. One of my goals for the Convention is to bring the Red Wing Collectors Society members and the public together for a night of fun.” said Stacy Wegner, Executive Director of the Red Wing Collectors Society.

“The creation of these new events will show the RWCS Pottery Convention attendees how much the entire Red Wing community appreciates their annual visit and will help the community learn more about the RWCS,” said Marie Mikel, Red Wing Area Chamber President.

The RWCS encourages anyone who would like to be a part of the committee or would like to make a donation to please contact Stacy Wegner, Executive Director of the RWCS at 651-388-4004 or director@redwingcollectors.org.

The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 and has more then 5,000 members nationwide that collect the Red Wing Potteries stoneware, dinnerware, and art pottery. The first Convention was held at the Goodhue County Historical Society in 1977 and is currently held at the Red Wing High School. The Annual Convention is open to all members with Saturday events including show and sale and display are open to the public. For more information or to become a member for only $25, contact the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org or call 800-977-7927.

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2009 Convention Keynote: Cathy Wurzer

RED WING, MINN – Minnesota Public Radio talk show host Cathy Wurzer has accepted invitation from the Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) to speak at its 2009 Convention scheduled for July 9-11 in Red Wing, Minn.

One of Minnesota’s premiere journalists with an extensive background in public and commercial broadcasting, Wurzer is the host of Minnesota Public Radio’s "Morning Edition". She’s also the co-host of "Almanac" – a weekly public affairs program produced byTwin Cities Public Television for Minnesota’s statewide public television network.

Wurzer authored the regional best seller Tales of the Road – Highway 61 in 2008 and hosted the public television documentary by the same name that premiered earlier this spring. The book, which features historical sites along Highway 61, includes a chapter about Red Wing Pottery and the potters themselves.

“We’re excited that Cathy will be speaking at our convention,” said Stacy Wegner, RWCS executive director. “Our members and the Goodhue County Historical Society provided a lot of help when she was researching for the book, so she’ll discuss some of the things she learned about the Potteries.”

Wurzer’s presentation will take place at 10:30 a.m. July 9 in the Hove Auditorium at Red Wing High School, 2451 Eagle Ridge Dr. in Red Wing.

The national RWCS Convention has been held every July since 1977 in Red Wing, Minn. This year’s Convention, July 9-11, will attract thousands of collectors to Red Wing for a week of educational meetings, auctions, buying, selling and fun for the whole family. While there’s usually a fee to attend all Convention activities, Wurzer’s keynote presentation will be open free to the public this 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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2nd Annual Red Wing Pottery Road Show, May 16th

2nd Annual Red Wing Road Show
Saturday May 16, Red Wing Pottery Museum
RED WING, MN – The Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) has announced it will hold their annual Red Wing Pottery Road Show this year at the Red Wing Pottery Museum.

Once again, The RWCS business office, RWCS Foundation/Red Wing Pottery Museum, Cannon Valley Red Wing Collectors Club (CVRWCC) and the businesses of the historic Pottery Place are excited to announce that the Red Wing Pottery Road Show will be Saturday, May 16th, from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“We saw such a great turnout last year that we felt that this should be an annual event. It is a great way for everyone to learn about the piece they own and more about Red Wing, Minnesota’s rich pottery history. In addition we hope that by sharing our passion for Red Wing others will consider joining our organization,” said Stacy Wegner, executive director.

Everyone is invited to bring their Red Wing Stoneware, Dinnerware or Art Pottery to the historic Pottery Place during the Red Wing Pottery Road Show to find out its value, learn about its history and have questions answered. If your piece is too big, or you’re concerned about transporting bring photos and details. No piece too small or too large. If it’s Red Wing, one of our many experts will be on hand to assist you.

This year we once again have a powerhouse of pottery experts to help the public learn about their pieces including: Larry Peterson, Dave Hallstrom, and Mike Anderson for Stoneware; Larry Roschen, Todd Hintz, and Ivy Loughborough for Dinnerware; Mary Bang, Bonnie Myers, and Nick Marson for Art Pottery. Each of these experts has more then 25 years of Red Wing Pottery experience: collecting, buying, selling, researching, and presenting. Participants are sure to go away with all their questions answered about their Red Wing.

In addition, members of the RWCS will be available for tours of the museum and Pottery Place complex, answer questions, and share their passion for Red Wing Pottery. Plus, all visitors to the event are encouraged to register to win door prizes including Collectors Starter Kit, set of Red Wing Stoneware books, by Larry Peterson, and several commemoratives. These prizes are sure to get a new collector started or enhance an existing collection.

“This event gives us the opportunity to show off the Red Wing Pottery museum to the community and share the exciting plans for the museum’s future expansion” adds Diane Hallstrom, RWCS Foundation Board Member.

Once again this year Keith Klindworth, repair specialist, will be available to share his repair knowledge and expertise. “I had the opportunity to see so many great examples of Red Wing that were in need of a little TLC last year. I felt it was important to be a part of this event again, so these pieces can share their beauty with the world again,’ said Klindworth.

The RWCS is looking for to see what new finds and discoveries will be brought to the Red Wing Pottery Road Show, May 16, 2009, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 in Red Wing, MN. The Society is dedicated to preserving the rich pottery history of Red Wing and other American pottery. There are more than 5,000 members worldwide. The Red Wing Potteries had diverse pottery lines that included stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery. For more information contact the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail membership@redwing.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org.

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Red Wing Collectors Society Joins IAntiqueOnline.com

For Immediate Release
RWCS launches new online presence with IAntiqueOnline.com

Red Wing, Minn.: The Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS), the largest collecting club dedicated to the preservation of Red Wing and other American pottery, launched a new group page on IAntiqueOnline.com.

IAntiqueOnline.com is a website community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. Like other online communities, membership is free and open to anyone. Users have the ability to post pictures, join groups and create discussion topics.

This website community is just one of the many ways the RWCS is increasing its internet presence in 2009. Other online communities that the Society has become affiliated with include Facebook and Wikipedia. The RWCS recognizes the benefits of the internet to help increase awareness of the organization, Red Wing Potteries history and membership benefits. In addition, this type of presence gives RWCS members and Red Wing collectors a chance to share their passion with others no matter their level of collecting interest.

The RWCS business office encourages its members that are interested in networking with fellow antique buyers and sellers to consider joining IAntiqueOnline.com. Below is a link to the RWCS Page:

“We hope that by increasing the online presence of the Red Wing Collectors Society, people will learn more about Red Wing, Minnesota’s rich pottery history, become aware of our organization, and consider starting a collection and joining the RWCS,” said Stacy Wegner, RWCS executive director.

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 4,500 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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