Convention Crock Hunt Begins July 5

nnual Convention Crock Hunt
Friday, July 5 through Saturday July, 13
RULES: The Crock Hunt begins on Friday, July 5. Both Red Wing Collectors Society Members and non-members are eligible to participate in the 2013 RWCS Convention Crock Hunt. Participants must locate each display pictured site during regular business hours to match the business logo and photo. Participants must obtain an employee initials (or other mark chosen by the site) from each site. Winners drawn will have their forms checked to ensure that answers are correct before a prize is awarded. Winners do not need to be present to win.
Completed forms must be brought to the Convention Show and Sale, Saturday, July 13 between 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Participating businesses feature at least one piece of old or new Red Wing pottery in their picture. The business logo win is not be included in the picture. Both the photo and business logo are printed at random on the Crock Hunt form published in the Convention Supplement, for download at ERWCS.org or at selected site location.

Auction Manager releases Convention Auction preview!

From salt glaze to Nokomis, Brushed Ware to advertising, a nice offering of dinnerware and a unique 2 gallon crock (pictured below), collectors of a wide variety of Red Wing’s wares will find something of interest at the RWCS Convention Auction this year.

The Thursday RWCS Auction is coming together with a nice variety of offerings. The photos shown here represent a few of the items that have been submitted. Remember, every piece in this auction has been submitted by a member or a chapter, so by bidding on these items, you are directly showing your support for RWCS members and the Society as a whole.

The Auction Check-in is from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 in the Red Wing High School Gymnasium and 8 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 12. The earlier you can be there to submit your piece, the better. Auction viewing will run from 12:15 to 4:15 p.m. Thursday and the event will start at 4:30 p.m.

We hope to see you there! -Bruce Selfridge, RWCS Auction Manager

20 gallon salt glaze with the 4 Rib Cages

Question:

 

Hi,

We have had this 20 gallon crock for a few years. We bought it at an auction in Red Wing during one of the annual conventions.  Please let us know the estimated value of this crock. It is in very good shape.

 

Thanks

 

Sue and Bill

Answer:

Bill & Sue, your 20 gallon with the 4 Rib Cages is a nice piece and still holds a nice value.  $$3500 to $4500.  Al Kohlman

Brusheware Heron vase

Question:

Hello,

I would like to know more about this vase that I have had for many years. I cannot find anything about it on the web so perhaps you are my best source for correct information

Attached are the bottom of the vase mark

the sides are rather rough

the inside is deep green gloss

the measurements are: 4 1/2″ across the opening, and 8″ tall

Thanks

Wanona

Answer: Hi Wanona
we call this the Heron vase, brushedware, from around 1930.  Value is about 80.00 or so.  thanks, steve n rose

10 gallon Red Wing crock

Question:

I was wondering if you could tell me about the age and value of this crock. It was my grandmothers and i recieved after her passing. Thanks

Answer:

Your grandmother’s 10 gallon Red Wing crock was produced between 1915 & 1930.  Value if in perfect condition is around $150.   Al Kohlman

“CROCKFEST” and Other New Events to Headline Red Wing Collectors Society’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

“CROCKFEST” and Other New Events to Headline

Red Wing Collectors Society’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

 

Red Wing, MN- In celebration of the Red Wing Collectors Society’s (RWCS) 35th anniversary, several exciting new events will take place during the RWCS Annual Convention, which is scheduled for July12-14 in Red Wing, Minn.

This uber-rare 30 gallon salt glaze butterfly crock with "Red Wing Stoneware Co." stenciled in cobalt is one of the many great pieces expected to be up for grabs at this year's Members-only Auction To see more pieces submitted by members for this year's auction visit the auction page.

“Whether you have a casual interest in Red Wing stoneware and pottery, or you’re a die-hard collector, the RWCS Convention is the place to spend your summer vacation this year,” says RWCS 35th Anniversary Committee Co-chair Wendy Callicoat. “From the new CROCKFEST event we’ve created to all the auctions and sales and everything in between, attendees are sure to have a great time.”

New 35th Anniversary events on Thursday, July 12 include a free breakfast for RWCS members to recognize the Society’s charter members at 8 a.m., a balloon release honoring departed members and Lunch & Learn Sessions at noon and Shared Interest Groups from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; each of these events will take place at Red Wing High School.

On Friday, July 13, a time capsule will be buried at the North Star Monument in Red Wing’s historic pottery district at 8:30 a.m., a pig roast lunch will be served at Red Wing High School from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and CROCKFEST – a festival featuring food, music by the Cruisers, kids activities and fun for the whole Red Wing community – will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Red Wing’s Central Park.

In addition to these new activities, RWCS members have their lineup of usual favorites to attend during Convention, including street sales held throughout the community, a string of auctions highlighted by the always popular RWCS Thursday Night Auction at Red Wing High School, educational seminars and the official RWCS Show & Sale at Red Wing High School that begins for members at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 14 and opens FREE to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Other major activities include a “Crock Hunt” scavenger hunt around the historic Mississippi River town, the KidsView educational program for kids ages 3 to 12 and the Young Collectors Club for ages 13-20. There is also a special display room at Red Wing High School, where members create their own unique displays for the education and enjoyment of attendees, combined with some fun and creative competition.

The RWCS Foundation will also hold several events on Wednesday, July 11 to raise support and awareness for its new museum space – the north half of the Pottery Place Annex. (The RWCS Foundation Board in April signed a purchase agreement for the building, which is about 10,000 sq. ft. larger than the current Red Wing Pottery Museum that is located across the parking lot in Pottery Place.) These events include a food booth and pre-registration badge pickup outside the Pottery Place Annex, 2000 Old West Main St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guided tours of the Red Wing Pottery Museum from noon to 2 p.m. and a wine & cheese fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. The wine & cheese event will featuring both silent and live auctions and live music by musician Karl Burke.

An annual commemorative will be unveiled and distributed to members beginning Thursday, July 12. The commemorative piece is a closely guarded secret and there is much speculation as to what the piece will be each year. It is a miniature replica of a Red Wing pottery item with a limited number made, contributing to their increase in value in following years. Last year’s commemorative cobalt-decorated salt glaze churn was well-received by the membership.

Hannes Kuehn, who worked at the Red Wing Potteries as a mold maker in 1956, will officially kick off Convention with a keynote presentation at 10:30 a.m. July 12 in the Hove Auditorium at Red Wing High School, 2451 Eagle Ridge Dr. The presentation will be open to the public.

A good selection of topics are also on tap for the educational sessions on Friday, July 13, including an orientation for first timers, Red Wing salt glaze, Red Wing 101, recent finds from the old pottery dump, Red Wing dinnerware, history of the villages surrounding the Goodhue County clay pits, Minnesota’s New Ulm stoneware and digging old privies in search of antiques and artifacts. In addition, the RWCS Foundation will hold an info session on all its exciting new developments and what it has planned for the coming years.

Another unique aspect of the RWCS Convention is the participation of the younger generation through the KidsView program. The Society is on the leading edge of creating engaging and educational ways to get the younger generations involved in collecting. The focus on these RWCS members is an important part of the vision of the Society to ensure its continued existence and growth. There are many interactive and challenging activities and seminars for children ages 3-12 to get involved in, such as learning how to bid at an auction, what to look for in an antique, and several hands-on pottery creation projects.

To further complement KidsView, the RWCS Young Collectors is entering its second year of helping Red Wing collectors ages 13 to 20 grow their interest in Red Wing. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Red Wing, develop new friendships through peer-to-peer discussion groups and participate in hands-on activities.

To learn more about all the events and activities of the 35th Anniversary Convention Celebration, visit the RWCS website event page for the Convention. The RWCS can also be found on Facebook and followed on Twitter.

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.

Johnnie’s Root Beer, Labriego dinnerware pattern

Question:

Hi, on a recent trip I purchased several Johnnies mugs. As a 30 year R.W. collector I knew they were made by Red Wing. We didn’t have any of our research books with us so we went on line to look for the mug. 

I came up with an Oct. 28, 2009 question from Al Ekbald to Al Kohlman about a Johnnies  mug. I was stunned when the “expert” said it was NOT Red Wing & that he had never seen a mug like it before. Please forward this  to the two Al’s & feel free to give them my name & email address. JOHNNIES MUG : Red Wing Art Pottery Two by Ray Reiss. 

Page 178 has a picture of the Johnnies mug & the following : Johnnies was a root beer stand near the potteries. This mug was designed by 

Lou McGrew. Only 144 of them were reported to have been made.   

Regards,  Don

Answer:

Attached is a copy of a Republican-Eagle newspaper article from July 8, 1994 about Johnnie’s Root Beer and the mug.  This is the only info I have about it.  I’d guess Ray Reiss got his info for the book from the same source.  The mug itself is based on the mug from the Labriego dinnerware pattern.  Apparently a Labriego mug mold was modified to make the Johnnie’s mug.  I’ve attached a photo of a green Labriego mug for comparison. 

Larry

 

Collection of Salt Glaze Crocks

Question: Hello, 
My Mother and I have recently acquired the 6 crocks shown in the attached pictures. We don’t know much about them and were hoping you could guide us in the right direction.  All 6 are in great condition, no cracks or chips.  None of them have any kind of stamp or signature.  Any information that you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated!
 
Thank you,
 
Lindsey H.

Answer:

The 5 gallon Salt glazed crock is very primitive, but I believe it is Red Wing.  Value $200 to $250

4 gallon lazy 8 is Red Wing  Value $200 to $250

3 gallon is not Red Wing.  I think it is Ohio the way the lazy 8 flows into the target mark.  No idea of value

3 gallon salt glazed crock is not Red Wing.  no idea of value

5 gallon salt glazed crock with lazy 8 with ribs is a Western Stoneware Crock.  No idea of value

2 gallon Red Wing target crock.  $125. Hope this is some help.   al

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