Red Wing’s dinnerware production is believed to have begun in the early 1930s with the Wreath and recently discovered Pansy patterns. No printed documentation has been found for either of these patterns. Full scale dinnerware production started with the Gypsy Trail line in 1935 and ended with Ceramastone when the pottery closed in 1967. All-in-all, the company produced 31 lines (or shapes) and 104 different patterns.
The easier patterns to find include Bob White, Lotus,
Red Wing dinnerware was distinctive. The shapes were unusual, and the majority of the designs were hand-painted. Serving pieces often had applied handles or knobs. These qualities, however, make collecting more challenging as breakage was and is very common.
Collecting Red Wing dinnerware has increased in popularity, because many of the patterns appeal to retro collectors who like quality items that were made in America.
Dinnerware collectors may concentrate on completing a set in a particular pattern or collecting representative pieces of each pattern, like plates, teapots, butter dishes or pitchers. It can be great fun and typically doesn’t require the financial investment that stoneware and artware do.
In December 2009 longtime “Ask the Expert” consultant on the RWCS website, Larry Roschen, and his friend and fellow RWCS member Terry Moe began a series of dinnerware articles in the RWCS Newsletter. The series goal is to give information on every dinnerware pattern produced by the Red Wing Potteries.