Monmouth’s Pottery Celebration announced

Celebrating Monmouth, Illinois’ historic tradition of creating quality stoneware and pottery is the idea behind our annual Pottery on the Square Swap Meet event on June 28th, 2008 starting at 8:00am. Monmouth’s history with stoneware and pottery dates back to the 1890’s and continues today with the new WS Inc. d.b.a. Western Stoneware and Maple City Pottery, both of Monmouth.
With the success of the pottery swap meet that was held in June of 2006 and 2007 the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce and its Pottery Event Committee is organizing the event again for 2008. “We received a lot of positive feedback from the last two year’s attendees indicating they would be interested in another event” stated Angela McElwee, Executive Director of the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce. “We had attendees from 6 states, and we would like to build upon that by inviting collectors from various pottery clubs for this year’s event.”
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monmouth’s Public Square, activities will include a pottery and stoneware swap meet, pottery demonstration, and window displays of rare pottery pieces. Also returning to the event this year is the pottery appraisal clinic where knowledgeable Illinois pottery collectors will be on hand to examine pieces of Illinois pottery brought by the public. According to the event Chairman, Fred Jenks, “we plan to bring back the appraisers clinic as it was popular among area residents.” A pottery/stoneware consignment auction will begin at 10:30am. The public is welcome to bring items the day of the event for the auction or can register them ahead of time and have them advertised on the auctioneer’s website Swap meet and consignment auction participants are not limited to Illinois pottery. 
In conjunction with the event the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce is offering to the public an opportunity to purchase a handcrafted limited- edition, three-quarter sized leaf and scroll pitcher. The pitcher will be burgundy and white and have a Burgundy “Western Stoneware” leaf logo on one side and “Pottery on the Square, June 28, 2008, Monmouth, Illinois” also in burgundy on the other side. There will be a small maple leaf on each side of the wording. A detailed embossed maple leaf will be on the bottom of the pitcher. Orders are currently being taken for the pitchers that will be available the day of the event. The deadline for orders is June 1st and they are priced at $35. Shipping charges vary based on quantity.
For more information on the event or the commemorative pitchers please contact the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce at 309-734-3181 or e-mail

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RWCS Anniversary Book Shipments Completed

Turner Publishing Announces

RWCS Anniversary Book have been shipped to all pre-orders!

The long await RWCS Anniversary book from Turner Publishing began shipping to people who placed orders on March 19, 2008. The RWCS Business Office received notification from Turner Publishing that the books have all been shipped. If you have not received book please contact Turner Publishing directly.

A copy will be available at the RWCS Business Office should anyone like to see the finished book before ordering.

It is not to late to order a book just contact Turner Publishing. Each book is $54.90 which include the $6.95 for shipping an handling.


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NOW OPEN: Convention 2008 Registration

Online Registration for July Convention 2008 is now open!
Spread the word…. online registration is NOW OPEN for Convention 2008, July 10-12 in Red Wing. By using your membership number and password you can:
  • pre-register for convention
  • order commemoratives to be picked up or mailed
  • Contract for a Sellers table
  • Picnic and Banquet tickets
  • Renew your membership
If you don’t know your membership number or need a password for the website contact the RWCS Business Office email or call 800-977-7927.
We look forward to seeing you all here in July!

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2008 Convention Information Now available

2008 Annual Convention

Forms and Contracts available online!

The 2008 July Convention will be July 10-12, 2008 in Red Wing at the Red Wing High School. This will mark the 32nd Anniversary of the RWCS membership gathering in Red Wing.

This year the State of Minnesota is celebrating 150 years of Statehood, so our Convention is going to focus on all things Minnesota. Members are encouraged to send pictures of their Minnesota pieces to the RWCS office for the Convention Supplement.

Visit the Convention Page to learn more about this exciting event! Information on education sessions, kids view, auction, picnic and so much more!

If you have any questions regarding the RWCS Convention please contact the RWCS Business Office at or phone at 800-977-7927.

We hope to see all of you once again in Red Wing!

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MidWinter 2008 Show and Sale SOLD OUT!

Aloha RWCS Members!

The MidWinter GetTogether February 8-10.

It is with great excitement that the RWCS Business Office announces that the 2008 MidWinter Show and Sale on February 9th from 1:oopm to 4:00pm is sold out!

The MidWinter Show and Sale will have 46 sellers tables filling the room to capacity with Red Wing Stoneware, Dinnerware, and Art Pottery at the Holiday Inn and Suites, Des Moines, IA.

In addition to this jam packed Show and Sale room there will be educational sessions, Kids View, Room Sales, and auction organized by Houghton’s Auction Service. Click here to learn more about MidWinter.

It is not to late to register. Pre-registration will be open until the January 31st. RWCS Members can register by logging in to the Members Only section of website, calling the Business Office at 800-977-7927, or mailing a registration form today.

The MidWinter will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 4800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines IA, February 8-10. You must be a current member and registered for MidWinter in order to attend the event. If you are not a member you can join today or the day of the event at the registration table.

Don’t Miss this MidWinter!

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MidWinter Overflow Housing Now Available

Additional Housing Now Available for MidWinter!

The RWCS housing block is almost sold out. The RWCS Business Office worked closely with our contact at the Holiday Inn and Suites and rooms are now available at the Super 8 located directly behind the Holiday Inn. Below are the details for the facility.

Super 8
5900 Sutton Place
Urbandale, IA 50322
Call 515-270-1037
Rooms at the conference rate of $64.0++

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Southwest Red Winger 2008 Meetings Announced

The Southwest Red Wingers have published their 2008 Meeting schedule until the Annual July Convention.
The Monday, February 25th meeting of the Southwest Redwingers will be hosted at Greta and Kirk Hoerman, at 6:00p.m.  Call 623-322-9966 for more information.  Guests welcome!  
The Annual Southwest Redwingers "Spring Fling" will be held at Colleen and David Nelsons, in Phoenix on Saturday, March 15th at noon.  Call 602-863-4418 for further information.
Kent Williamson will host the Tuesday, April 15th meeting of the Southwest Redwingers at 6 p.m.  in Mesa, AZ.  Call 480-985-6337 for more information or directions. 
There will not be a meeting in May.  This will be the last meeting until the National Convention in July at Red Wing.

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Refer A Member Program Announced

Attention RWCS Members and Chapters!


For every NEW PRIMARY MEMBER that a current RWCS Member recruits to join the RWCS between now and July 1, 2008, your name will be entered in to a drawing to win free Society membership for one year and registration to either the 2009 MidWinter GetTogether or the July Convention.

Any member that recruits five or more NEW PRIMARY MEMBERS to the RWCS during the program will automatically have their membership renewed for free for one year!

This program is also open to all RWCS Chapters!

The Chapter with the most NEW PRIMARY MEMBERS joining the Society will have first bragging rights to the traveling Little Brown Jug of Membership. This trophy will be presented at the 2008 Convention and the program will be an annual event.

Whether they Join Online , send in an Application, or apply over the phone it is simple! They just need write the referral information:

  • Name and/or membership number for the referring current member
  • Name of the Chapter referring the new member

The RWCS Business Office keeps track of everything. For more information please call 800-977-7927 or email

Let’s Start Today!

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Fall Board Meeting Minutes Available

Now Available!

November 2007 Meeting Minutes
2008 Approved Budget

The Full Board of the RWCS met in Red Wing, MN on November 3. Items that where discussed included Open Board positions, Bi-Law revisions, and the 2008 Operation Budget.

Members may view the 2008 Budget and Full Board Meeting minutes by logging into the RWCS Website and clicking on the Meeting Minutes and Budget & Financial tabs on the menu bar. This information will also be available to all member in an up coming issue of the RWCS Newsletter.

Please contact the RWCS Business Office with any questions!

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MidWinter Education and Schedule Now Available

Aloha RWCS Members!

MidWinter Get Together Update!


2008 MidWinter Schedule
2008 Education Sessions

The Education Manager, Terry Speedy has released the Education Sessions for MidWinter along with the Key Note Address information.

The MidWinter GetTogether Keynote will be one you won’t want to miss. RWCS Member Dave Kuffel will be talking about the recently discovered and preserved Red Wing Potteries Ledger Book. Attend MidWinter and learn all about the latest information regarding the Ledger book!

In addition, their will be education session regarding art pottery, salt glaze, ebay, recent dump finds. The RWCS Business Office has received so much positive feedback on the Online Membership Services, Bonnie Myers will be offering a session to show everyone what this new service has to offer you the member.

There was such a positive response to the KidsView program in 2007 we are forging ahead with another program "Clowning Around". The kids will have the opportunity to paint Clown faced mugs and other great projects. More information come soon.

Register today!

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