Education Seminars

Convention Education 2016

Keynote : Whitewater Wisconsin Potters
Thursday: July 7, 2016
10:30 a.m.
Session Description:

There were at least four earthenware potters that operated in Whitewater, Wisconsin from the late 1840′s to about 1870.  The presentation will provide a short history of each potter, years of operation, location and clay sources, wares produced, and methods of distribution. An extension of one of the businesses to Berlin, Wisconsin will also be described Numerous photos of beautiful and distinctive Whitewater pottery will be shown with possible attribution made by correlating shards dug at some of the pottery sites with surviving specimens. The causes for the rise and fall of these businesses will be included in the story.

Speaker Bio:

Henry Hecker has been collecting Wisconsin earthenware, stoneware and early bottles since 1970. In addition to pieces made by Wisconsin potters, his collection also includes an extensive collection of advertising jugs and crocks including many made by the Red Wing companies.

He is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee (BA) and UW-Whitewater (MBA) and is a retired marketing executive.  Henry has been married to Diane for 37 years and the couple has two sons, John and Erik.  Since retirement, Henry has been able to devote more time to his hobby and is currently doing research on Wisconsin potters with two other collectors, Peter Maas and Mark Knipping.  This study includes digs at pottery sites for correlation of shards to surviving ware, old newspaper, census, city directory, and genealogy records.


Orientation for First Timers
Thursday: July 7, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Friday: July 8, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

If 2016 will be your first time attending the Red Wing Collectors Society Convention, there is a lot to see and do! Start your first Convention experience out right by attending an Orientation Seminar led by longtime RWCS member Catherine Beall. Catherine will discuss all of the activities that are lined up and offer tips on making the most of your Convention experience.

If 2016 will be your first time attending the Red Wing Collectors Society Convention, there is a lot to see and do! Start your first Convention experience out right by attending an Orientation Seminar led by longtime RWCS member Catherine Beall. Catherine will discuss all of the activities that are lined up and offer tips on making the most of your Convention experience.

Hands On Pottery Experience – Thursday & Friday
During the Convention on Thursday and Friday, stop by Richard Spiller’s booth in the Cafeteria and decorate you own Wing, #40, or both with engobe glaze and applying the scraffito technique. After the Convention, the piece will be fired and shipped to you.


Shared Interest Groups- Click here for groups
Thursday , July 7
2:30pm – 3:30 pm

Come show off your favorite piece, new find at Convention, or photos of your collection. Talk with other RWCS members that share your specific Red Wing collecting passion for Dinnerware, Stoneware, or Art Pottery. This is your time to network with other collectors and swap stories, ask questions and get connected with other RWCS members with your area of interest.


MidWinter Focus Group
Friday, July 8
Choir Room – C 100
1:00 pm

All members are invited to this information and feedback session on the MidWinter GetTogether, which traditionally has been a more intimate gathering than the RWCS Convention. The nature of this event enables the Society to make it easier for members in different areas to attend by rotating it amongst different regions within the Midwest. It also gives different Chapters the opportunity to host. Recently held in Wisconsin, MidWinter will be in Des Moines in 2017. The location for 2018 and beyond has yet to be determined, so come to this session to share your thoughts and ideas for the future of MidWinter, ask questions about the site selection process in the past, and learn more about our facility requirements for the event.  All members are encouraged to come and oin the discussion!


Educational Seminars
Friday, July 8 , 2016

Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 am.
Session 2: 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m

Session 3: 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Session 4: 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

2016 Speaker Form

Session 1: The Ebb Tide and Ceramastone Lines
10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session 2: Provincial 1941 and other lines of the 1940s
11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
Session 3: Concord Line Dinnerware
1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

Speakers: Terry Moe and Larry Roschen

Session 1 Description:  The Ebb Tide and Ceramastone Lines
Larry Roschen and Terry Moe will review the Ebb Tide and Ceramastone lines.  These lines represent the last of the dinnerware patterns produced by Red Wing.  Ebb Tide includes only one pattern while the Ceramastone line includes six patterns.  In addition, information about recent dinnerware finds will be presented as time permits.

Session 2 Description: Provincial 1941 and other lines of the 1940s
As a companion to the RWCS Newsletter series “Introduction to Dinnerware” Larry Roschen and Terry Moe will reprise this seminar first presented in 2006 so that it may be recorded and added to the RWCS Library.   The Provincial 1941 Line includes Normandy (Early and Late), Ardennes (Early and Late), Orleans, and Brittany.   The other Lines included in the seminar are “Oomph” (Red Wing Bakeware), Hospitality Ware, Labriego, Party Ware, Fruit or Salad, and Provincial Cooking Ware.  It will contain updated information discovered since 2006.

Session 3 Description: Concord Line Dinnerware
As a companion to the RWCS Newsletter series “Introduction to Dinnerware” Larry Roschen and Terry Moe will reprise the Concord Line seminar first presented in 2008 so that it may be recorded and added to the RWCS Library.  It will contain updated information discovered since 2008 and address all of the Concord Patterns.

These  seminars are based almost entirely upon primary source materials from Red Wing Potteries.  Brochures, Price Lists, Company internal documents, advertising materials and displayed dinnerware items provide the resources for the presentation.

Session Title: Mittelstaedt General Store Millbank, SD
Speaker: Robert Mittelstaedt
Session 4: 2:00pm – 2:50pm

Session Description:
Come and meet Robert Mittelstaedt whose father owed the Mittelstaedt’s General Store of Milbank, South Dakota. The store opened in 1883 and was called a “Grocery and Crockery Store”. Over its eighty year history it was a huge purchaser of Red Wing crocks. Learn about the life of the general store and how butter and other food items were bought and sold. The general store was extremely important to the success of a town. This was one of the best.

Session Title: Crafting Beer in the Desirable City Red Wing’s Brewing History
Speaker: Scott Kolby
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session 2: 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 p.m.

Session Description:
Red Wing’s early industries were founded because of the local resources that were readily available. These included good clay, which was used in making quality stoneware and piping, and abundant grain, which gave rise to malteries, mills, and breweries. This session will take you on a tour of Red Wing’s original breweries and beers, and introduce you to the people who brought them to life.

Session Title: Is That Right?: Aftermarket Dinnerware and Art Pottery
Speaker: Laura Beall
Session 3: 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Session 4: 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Session Description:
Did you know that after the Red Wing Potteries closed in 1967, many of the iconic molds were used by different potteries? Explore the differences in original and aftermarket dinnerware and art pottery and learn how to tell if the piece in front of you is “original” or “new”. Discussion will include hands on examples of molds being used, produced, and copied from the 1970s to today.

Session Title: Red Wing Art Pottery
Speaker: Ray Reiss
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session 2: 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 p.m.

Session Description:
Let’s talk Red Wing Art Pottery! Informal question and answer session. Feel free to bring your Red Wing pieces to be identified and discussed.

Session Title: Dump Finds
Speaker: Paul Boudin & Connie Matthison
Session 3: 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Session 4: 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Session Description:
Come and join us for some fun and informational discussions on our coolest digs from Pottery Road and the Red Wing Dump. It has been another good year of digging. We have unearthed some neat and unusual pieces. Last but not least, due to my overflowing shed, we will have a “few” shards to give away!

Session Title: Red Wing Salt Glaze Part 1 & 2
Speaker: Rick Natynski
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. – PART 1
Session 2: 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. – PART 2

Session Description:
NOTE: This is a two-part presentation. The material covered in the 1st session will not be covered in the 2nd session, and vice-versa. Those who only attend the 2nd session will be joining halfway through.  If you want to see the entire presentation, please plan on attending both sessions.

Whether you’re new to collecting Red Wing salt glaze stoneware or a seasoned veteran, this presentation is for you. RWCS Newsletter editor Rick Natynski will share his excitement for salt glaze, showing pictures of a wide range of salt glaze crocks, jugs, churns and water coolers with decorations ranging from the most common to the rarest and most desirable. Examples of every cobalt decoration known to appear on Red Wing stoneware will be covered, as will undecorated pieces like salt glaze lids, bowls and mugs. You’re guaranteed to see pieces you’ve never seen before if you attend this presentation!

Session Title: Collecting Zinc Glazed Red Wing Stoneware
Speaker: Larry Peterson & Steve Poeschl
Session: 3 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Session: 4 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Session Description:
Larry Peterson and Steve Poeschl will talk about what makes Red Wing so collectible today. Zinc glazed items are collected or have been collected by almost every Red Wing collector. Identifying hand-turned pieces and molded items will be discussed, with examples provided. Marks and decorations will be covered to help you date your items. They will talk about usage, and how to check condition. Fun time for sharing will be included.

Session Title: Updates from The Pottery Museum of Red Wing
Speaker: RWCS Foundation
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session 2: 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 p.m.

Session Description:
Robin Wipperling and Board Members of the RWCSF will present an update on the financials of the Pottery Museum of Red Wing. Join us for a discussion on the direction of the museum in the future. Come hear about all the great events that have been and will be happening.

Speaker Biography:
Robin Wipperling has been the Museum Manager since 2014. Together with the RWCS Foundation Board, she works to grow awareness of the museum to the Red Wing Community, Museum visitors, and nationwide. Robin and the Board of Directors keep the mission of the Museum as the driving force for all museum activities and programs.

Session Title: The River Underground: Finding the Historic Jordan Creek
Speaker: Casey Mathern, Curator of Objects and Exhibits, Goodhue County Historical Society
Session 3: 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Session 4: 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Session Description:
If you’ve visited downtown Red Wing, chances are you’ve crossed the Jordan Creek. Sometimes called a river, the Jordan has flowed unseen beneath visitors’ and residents’ feet for over a century. The Jordan once ran above ground through a ravine that divided Red Wing in two, flooding its banks, damaging property, and inconveniencing travelers. The Jordan also formed an important confluence with the Mississippi, creating a natural harbor where the Dakota stored canoes. Join curator Casey Mathern for a rare glimpse of the stories, folklore, photographs, and other media that capture this elusive body of water.

Session Title: Symbolism on Victorian Era Gravestones
Speaker: Dustin Heckman, Goodhue County Historical Society
Session 4: 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Session Description:
Have you ever walked through a cemetery and wondered:  what does that symbol mean on the headstone?  Learn how to identify these symbols from the Victorian Era so you can impress your friends with your new found knowledge!

Speaker Biography:

Dustin Heckman is the Executive Director of the Goodhue County Historical Society.  For the past 10 years, he has worked in local history museums and enjoys showcasing snippets of history to the public.

Session Title: Privy Digging
Speaker: Steve and Phyllis Showers & Mark Youngblood
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session 2: 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Session Description:
Steve and Phyllis Showers and Mark Youngblood will share the interesting stories of privy digging. They will explain how to find outhouse (privies) and share the finds. During this seminar, these diggers will show over 20 different bottles, Red Wing pieces, and other interesting artifacts. Come hear and see these new finds in privies.

Session Title: White Ware and Kitchen Ware from the 1930
Speaker: Dennis Nygaard
Session 3: 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Session 4: 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Session Description:
In this seminar Dennis will share more information and new finds of the White Ware and Kitchen Ware items found on Pottery Road. There currently is a display in the Pottery Museum of Red Wing. During this seminar Dennis will share more interesting facts and finds regarding this “newly discovered” Red Wing production line. In addition, he will be revealing some new items during this seminar.

More Speaker Info Coming Soon!

If you are interested in becoming a presenter, please contact the Education Manager at education@redwingcollectors.org or use the Speaker Form.

 

 


About Education
Education is a focal point of the RWCS events. Each year the Education Manager puts together an education schedule for both Convention and MidWinter filled with great learning opportunities for members. Education sessions is held on the second day of Convention, Friday with three or four session break out times as Saturday of MidWinter.

Education Sessions are a great way to: hear about the new research being done about Red Wing, learn tips and ideas from fellow members.

Education Manager, Glenn Beall is always looking for speakers, please contact him at education@redwingcollectors.org.

Video Lending Library
Each year the Education Manager selects session to be record and added to our library and available Free to RWCS Members.. To see a complete list of sessions available on DVD and VHS please contact the RWCS Business Office or log into the members only section of the website to the Resource Page.

Any RWCS Member can become a speaker at the Annual Convention by simply contacting the Education Manager via email.