RWCS launches new on-line presence on Facebook

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Red Wing Collectors Society created a group and fan page on Facebook.

The Red Wing Collectors Society, the largest collecting club dedicated to the preservation of Red Wing and other American pottery, today unveiled a new group page on Facebook. The Red Wing Collectors Society Facebook group will target current RWCS members and develop new interest in the members.

Red Wing Collectors Society members and fans of other stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery collectors can become ‘fans’ of the page and receive access to valuable information, such as event information, chat with other members, and other exciting news. For more information or to become a fan or member of the Red Wing Collectors Society group, please visit:

“The Red Wing Collectors Society uses Facebook as another way for our members to communicate as well as reach out to others who may be interested in Red Wing Pottery both for it’s unique history and starting a collection,” said Stacy Wegner, Executive Director, Red Wing Collectors Society.

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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2007 issues of the RWCS Newsletter; now available for download

2007 Newsletters

PDF format now available for download!

Current RWCS members now have access to the 2007 issues of the Official RWCS Newsletter on the Newsletter tab. In 2008 the RWCS Business Office worked with a small group of members to scan, create PDF’s, and post issues from 1996 to the present.

Below are the direct links to the 2007 issues

February

April

June

August

October

December

To view all available issues visit the Newsletter Page.

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Sales Remain Steady at Red Wing MidWinter GetTogether

DES MOINES – Despite the rough economy, more than 350 people attended this year’s Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) MidWinter GetTogether, held Feb. 6-8 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Des Moines, Ia.

As always, there were many buyers roaming the hotel’s halls, looking for good deals and rare items. Several collectors sold stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery from their rooms and many reported that they were pleased with their sales, especially considering the recession.

Although many collectors arrived early to buy and sell Red Wing, the event officially kicked off with a reception on the evening of Friday, Feb. 6. The theme of this year’s event was “Back to the 50s”, and many members dressed up in 1950s attire for a good ole’ fashioned Red Wing “Crock Hop”.

Insurance agent and RWCS member Bob Kubes of the Musty-Barnhart Agency gave the event’s keynote presentation the following morning, discussing the right ways to insure collections of pottery and stoneware. Several educational sessions followed, including presentations by longtime pottery dump diggers Steve Showers, Dennis Nygaard and Austin Fjerestad – all of whom presented some of their recent findings. RWCS Newsletter Editor Rick Natynski shared his enthusiasm for salt glaze stoneware created by the Red Wing and Minnesota Stoneware companies in the late 1800s, Mike Orgler discussed Red Wing flower pots, and experts Larry Roschen and Terry Moe held an in-depth talk on Red Wing dinnerware. In addition, members of the RWCS Foundation Board shared recent news, including talks about fundraising and the possibility of a new Red Wing Pottery Museum in the city of Red Wing’s future.

More than 20 kids attended the event with their parents, and they all had a good time participating in the KidsView educational activities.

The always popular Saturday Show & Sale was followed by an independently sponsored auction, which was once again conducted by Richard and Todd Houghton of Houghton’s Auction Services, Red Wing, Minn. – experts in selling Red Wing items throughout the Midwest.

The top item in this year’s auction was a 2 gallon water cooler with lid and spigot, which sold for $1400. A 40 gallon birchleaf crock brought $675 event though its molded handles were missing.

One of the top art pottery pieces was a small vase in the desirable Nokomis glaze, which crossed the block at $290. A dinnerware plate with test glaze numbers on the back sold for $80.

One of the more surprising leaders of the auction was a Ft. Dodge stoneware mug with blue bands and Cedar Rapids advertising that sold for $600. Other notable pieces included a mint 25 gallon wing crock, $275; a 4 gallon ribcage crock that was backstamped “Minnesota Stoneware Co.”, $250; and a nicely decorated 4 gallon “single P” crock, $220.

The MidWinter GetTogether is a precursor to the national RWCS Convention 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.

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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Available Now, MidWinter 2009 Attendee Survey

2009 MidWinter GetTogether Attendee Survey

The RWCS Business Office is conducting a survey regarding this years event using Survey Monkey.

Thank you to all the members who have already responded via email through the Survey Monkey program. The RWCS Business Office sent emails to each MidWinter attendee with an email address.

If you attended MidWinter, BUT DID NOT RECEIVE the survey email, please use the link below!

Click Here!

By filling out this 10 question survey, you will help us plan for the 2010 event, February 12-14. We look forward to receiving feedback from you soon regarding your MidWinter GetTogether experience.


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2009 Annual July Convention Information: housing, registration and more!

2009 Annual July Convention
Red Wing, MN

"Celebrating with Red Wing"

July 9-11, 2009

The 2009 Convention in Red Wing will mark the 33rd Convention. It is exciting to know that our organization continues to remain strong. This years theme is to share how you celebrate using your Red Wing Collection. Members are encourage to submit pictures of using their collections for family celebrations, holidays, special occasions, and everyday use. Please send your pictures to the RWCS Business Office at director@redwingcollectors.org

Pre-registration
Registration forms have been included in RWCS Members February 2009 Newsletter. On line registration will be open by the end of February.

Click Here for Pre-registration form

Auction Forms
In an effort to go green the Auction forms will be not be included in the February newsletter mailing. RWCS members who submitted pieces in 2008 will receive the form in one of the following ways:

  1. Email
  2. Mail
  3. Download today – Click Here

Questions regarding the 2009 Auction should be directed to Todd Avery, Auction Manager at auction@redwingcollectors.org

Convention Schedule
There are a number of exciting changes occurring at the 2009 Convention.

  • The Friday night picnic will be a pig roast in a new location. Watch for more information on all the exciting editions to this event!
  • The Banquet will be held at the St. James Hotel Summit Room this year.
  • For members interested in an opportunity to socialize on Saturday night, but not attend the banquet, we are planning a "So Long Mixer" in Jimmy’s Pub at the St. James Hotel.

More details on both of these events coming soon.

Click Here – Current Convention Schedule

Display
The 2009 Display room is now accepting contracts. Laura Beall, display chair, is looking for members interested in showing their collections at MidWinter. No display is to small to be entered to win a special commemorative for Best in Show, People’s Choice, or Rare Item. If you have question contact Laura Beall today at display@redwingcollectors.org.

Click Here – For 2009 Display Contract

Housing Information
Also included in the Newsletter, Kathy Silverthorn, director, Red Wing Visitor and Convention Bureau, discussed available housing in Red Wing for the 2009 Convention. Below is the most current housing information for Hotels and Motels in the Red Wing Community.

2009 Housing Information

Members are encouraged to contact hotel directly or the Red Wing Visitor & Convention Bureau at 800-498-3444 or on line at www.redwing.org for best available.

Visit the Convention Events page for more information!

 

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Newsletter Classifieds Posted for February 2009

2009 February Newsletter Issue

Classifieds available online

CLICK HERE!

In 2009 the RWCS Website has launched a classified page. This new page will publish the classifieds following the official mail date of the printed newsletter.

This online service offers additional benefits to advertisers:

  • ability to post a picture of items for sale
  • direct link to your email address or website
  • open to any visitor to the RWCS website

If you are interested in advertising in a future newsletter issue please contact Rick Natynski, editor at newsletter@redwingcollectors.org

Contact Stacy Wegner, executive director, at director@redwingcollectors.org if you missed the last issue but would like to post online today!

2009 Advertising Rate Information

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Stoneware Stolen in West Des Moines, IA on Saturday, February 7, 2009

Stolen Stoneware

The following items were stolen from a West Des Moines, Iowa home on Saturday February 7, 2009 between 2:30PM and 9:30PM. A reward will be offered for any information provided that leads to the recovery of these items.

Please call 1-515-205-2053

Click here to download a PDF with pictures.

1. Orange banded Western Stoneware rolling pin with the following advertising:

DIGNANS DOUBLE HEADER
FOR CASH AND FOR LESS
Use Double Header Flour, It is the Best
PERRY IOWA

2. Blue banded Western Stoneware rolling pin with the following advertising:
STORM LAKE’S
BIGGEST ATTRACTION
STAPLE STORES inc.
STORM LAKE, IOWA
3. Blue Banded Western Stoneware rolling pin with the following advertising:
MIX WITH US AND SAVE DOUGH
FRED LUKES & SON
GENERAL MERCHANDISE
PROTIVIN, IOWA
4. 6 GALLON Red Wing salt glaze churn decorated cobalt with a single P and target design.
5. Old Sleepy Eye Flemish Tankard approximately 7 3/8’’ tall

6. Old Sleepy Eye Standing Indian Pitcher, approximately 7 ½ “” tall.
7. Old Sleepy Eye Cobalt Stein, 7 ¾” tall.
8. Old Sleepy Eye #3 & 1 blue rim pitchers, 6 3/8” tall and 4" tall.
9. Old Sleepy Eye #2 blue rim pitcher, 5 ¼ “ tall.
10. Old Sleepy Eye #5 blue- grey pitcher, 8 ½” tall.
11. Old Sleepy Eye #3 blue- grey pitcher, 6 3/8” tall.
12. Old Sleepy Eye #2 blue-grey pitcher, 5 ¼” tall.
13. Old Sleepy Eye #1 blue-grey pitcher, 4” tall.
14. #5, #3, #2 #1 Blue-Grey Pitchers
15. Old Sleepy Eye #2 blue & white pitcher, 5 1/4” tall.
16. Old Sleepy Eye blue & white mug, 4 3/8” tall.
17. Old Sleepy Eye verse mug, approximately 4 ½” tall

18. 1985 Old Sleepy Eye Convention Commemorative, blue & white pitcher.
19. 1991 Old Sleepy Eye Convention Commemorative, blue & white sugar bowl.

20. 1993 Old Sleepy Eye Convention Commemorative, blue & white creamer.
21. 1997 Old Sleepy Eye Convention Commemorative, blue & grey stein.
22. 1998 Old Sleepy Eye Convention Commemorative, blue & grey vase.
23. 2005 Old Sleepy Eye Convention Commemorative, verse mug.


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Stolen Stoneware

The following items were stolen from a West Des Moines, Iowa home
on Saturday February 7, 2009 between 2:30PM and 9:30PM. A reward
will be offered for any information provided that leads to the
recovery of these items. Please call 1-515-205-2053.

See PDF for complete list
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