Education Seminars

Convention Education 2015

Title: The Little Brown Jug: The Michigan-Minnesota Rivalry
Speaker: Ken Magee

Thursday: July 9, 10:30 a.m.

Session Description:
The 110-year legacy of the Little Brown Jug rivalry of Michigan and Minnesota Universities lives on. Ken Magee, key note speaker, will take you on a journey of one of college football’s greatest rivalries and the first “trophy game.” Throughout his presentation Ken will show you many rarely seen photographs that memorialize this great rivalry, and the many myths and stories surrounding the famous traveling trophy. This session hopes to share some of these stories, and debunk others! There may be some new stories you have not heard before. What may well be the most publically famous piece of Red Wing Stoneware is sure to be of interest to all, college sports fan or not.

Speaker Bio:
Ken Magee is a highly decorated retired law enforcement officer of over 30 years. Ken was raised in Ann Arbor Michigan in the shadows of Michigan Stadium and began attending Wolverine football games at a very young age. A family friend of the Schembechlers led to a life long love affair with Michigan football. As a historian of football, Ken also owns the largest private collection of vintage Wolverine football artifacts in the world and is honored to have many of his historic rare items on loan and displayed at the University of  Michigan Football Museum in the Ann Arbor. In 2014 Ken co-authored the book “The Little Brown Jug: The Michigan-Minnesota Rivalry”, and has recently completed his second book “The Game: The Michigan-Ohio State Rivalry”. Both books take a neutral viewpoint on these outstanding rivalries. Ken encourages football fans and collectors to contact him directly via cell phone 503-781-3174 or email “

Orientation for First Timers

Session: Title: Orientation for First Timers
Speaker: Catherine Beall
Thursday: July 9, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Friday: July 10, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Session: Description:
If 2014 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.

Speaker Biography:
Hello all, my name is Catherine Beall. I have been involved in the Red Wing Convention for over ten years now. I have been speaking at the Convention for four years now. My interest in Red Wing is the history and preservation of that history. The Charles E. Murphy prints are my particular area of interest. Hope to see you all there.

Hands on Pottery Experience & Shared Interest Groups

HANDS on with COLORCreate your piece of pottery
Presenter: Richard Spiller

Thursday July 9 and Friday July 10
Every Hour on the Hour 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
4 students per session

Pottery creation opportunities choose ONE of the three:

  • Two, 6 inch tiles
  • One, 6 inch tile and One, 4 inch crock (designs should be 4×10 inches for the crock)

C OLOR using Engobe slips will be available this year and using low fire earthen ware Red Clay. Each person having chosen a format ( 4 inch crock and/or 6 inch tile) will have the opportunity to select several engobe colors and use scraffito technique, that is scratching thru both through layers of slip which is the white engobe. The engobe slips give you the option for color as does the scraffito technique for exposing the red clay. After the Convention, the pieces will be fired to low fire temperature with a clear glaze and shipped to the participant. Visit the Learn More!

Presenter Biography:
Richard Spiller a resident of rural Wisconsin, Spiller was educated at Western Michigan University and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. An Emeritus Professor of Art at Eastern Carolina University, Spiller has been a practicing potter and ceramic artist for nearly 50 years. His expertise included kiln building with firing experience from corn cob raku to Tozan Noboigama and firing to cone 10 reduction.

Shared Interest Groups

Groups: Stoneware, Dinnerware, Art Pottery, Social Media
H100 Classrooms

Thursday, July 9, 2:30 – 3:30

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.

Rooms will be marked for each major area of Red Wing pottery production, history, and future: Stoneware, Dinnerware, Art Pottery, and Social Media will be featured this year. Additional tables will be created onsite for any interest group. More groups may be created on site as requested.

Terry Moe & Larry Roschen – Dinnerware
Sue Chapman – Social Media / Facebook

FRIDAY, JULY 10 – Educational Seminars

Session: Technology and the RWCS
Speaker: Paul Wichert
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Session Description:
Did you know that there are more than 20,000 pages on the RWCS website?  Whether you’re looking for information about upcoming meetings, events, chapters, classified ads, or even current or past RWCS Newsletter issues, it’s all there for you in an easy to navigate format.

Paul Wichert will present a tour of the RWCS website and all it has to offer. From smartphones to the traditional PC, the RWCS is embracing technology and we want to help you harness that power.

This is a great opportunity to see our website, ask questions, and offer your ideas to help expand the Society’s technology opportunities. Paul will also discuss smartphone apps, online voting, QR codes, and a host of related subjects to give you a better idea of where we are and where we intend to go.

Speaker Biography:
Paul Wichert, RWCS Vice President, is an Information Technology professional by trade. He is a longtime collector of Red Wing and advertising stoneware and has been a RWCS member since 1992. He presently resides on the Technology Committee. He has also worked on the Commemorative distribution crew since 1993. He is a charter member of the RWCS Badger Chapter. Paul and his wife live in Waukesha, WI.

Session: Red Wing Saffron Ware
Speakers: Brent & Debbie Mischke
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 am.
Session 2: 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Session Description:
This presentation will cover all the basics of Saffron Ware collecting – types of pieces available, styles of decoration, etc. New discoveries from the past few years will also be included.

Speaker Biography:
Brent & Deb were introduced to Red Wing collecting by RWCS charter member Martha Behrens, and they joined the Red Wing Collector’s Society in 1980. Besides Saffron Ware they are interested in collecting bowls, Gypsy Trail and Town & Country dinnerware lines, and New Brighton, Pennsylvania stoneware.

Session: DuoTone (Cylinder) Line & Recent Dinnerware Updates
Speakers: Terry Moe and Larry Roschen
Session: 1 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session: 2 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Session Description:
Larry Roschen and Terry Moe will review the Duo-Tone line (also known as Cylinder).  Red Wing produced six patterns in the Duo-Tone shape, including Pepe and Flight as well as seldom seen patterns.  In addition, they will present updates on recent dinnerware finds including Pansy Kiitchenware, and Mixer Bowls.  They will also be revealing, for the first time, exciting new Village Green discoveries.

The seminar is 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.

Speaker Biographies:
Terry Moe and his wife Marilyn have been collecting Red Wing pottery since they inherited a partial set of Gypsy Trail Plain and Reed in 1975 from Terry’s Grandmother.  They primarily collect dinnerware. Gypsy Trail, Wreath, Ivanhoe, Nassau, Ardennes, Hotel or Restaurant, and Normandy along with Merrileaf have been their main focus.  Primary source materials allowing them to document dinnerware have become a major interest.

Larry Roschen and his wife Kathy have collected all forms of Red Wing pottery since 1980. Red Wing pitchers, teapots, salt & pepper shakers are primary collecting interests along with building complete sets of several dinnerware patterns.  Larry’s interests have turned from growing the collection to learning more about the Red Wing dinnerware lines through research of vintage documents.  Larry currently serves as the dinnerware advisor for the “Ask the Experts” section of the RWCS website and serves on the board of the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation.

Larry and Terry have conducted numerous dinnerware seminars for RWCS Midwinter and Summer Conventions.

Session: Hunting History
Speaker: Nancy Lambert
Session: 1 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session 2: 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 p.m.

Session Description:
Grocers, hardware stores, liquor dealers and general mercantile stores used zinc stoneware to advertise their businesses in the late 1800s into the twentieth century. They are the topic of a new book Nancy Lambert has published – Kansas & Missouri Advertising Stoneware, made in Red Wing. Methods used to research, assemble and publish the book will be discussed, as well as the task of photography and design. She got the idea when she acquired a special piece from Topeka, Kansas and did the research about the business. The project was supported by the Trails West Chapter and all profit from the books will be donated to help fund the Pottery Museum of Red Wing.

Speaker Biography:
Nancy Lambert has been a member of RWCS since 1997. She holds a masters degree in journalism and worked in the printing industry for 45 years before retiring. She collects brushed ware and anything else that catches her eye and her husband Wayne collects North Star. She has always had an interest in history and put together the updated commemorative book for the 2012 Convention. She is a charter member of the Trails West Chapter and served 10 years as Treasurer. She joined the RWCS Foundation Board in 2013.

Session: Dump Finds
Speaker: Paul Boudin & Connie Matthison
Session: 1 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session 2: 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 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!

Speaker Biographies:
Paul and Connie joined the RWCS in 2007. After attending Steve Showers seminar that year, they were hooked on digging. They also go with Steve and Phyllis Showers around the area digging old bottle dumps. They have been collecting stoneware since the year 2000. Paul collects salt glaze, advertising, and has recently started collecting art pottery. Connie loves bowls, but does collect other RW pieces. They are members of the Gopher and Trails West Chapters. They attend MidWinter also.

Session: Title: Baseball in American Art and Culture
Speaker: Doug Ernst, on behalf of the Goodhue County Historical Society
Session: 2 11:00 am. To 11:50 a.m.
Session: 3 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

Session Description:
Baseball in American Art and Culture will explore ways that baseball is woven into the fabric of America.  Through hands on, interactive opportunities the audience will be involved in the discussion of “America’s Sport.”  Additionally, the audience will be brought through some aspects of American history using Baseball art as a basis of illustrating the points being made.  Baseball has been used to help define aspects of American politics, retail manufacturing, attitudes about fair play, amateur play, health, photography, advertising, and even religious beliefs.  We will touch on all of this.

Speaker Biography:
Doug Ernst taught writing, literature, and history for over 25 years. He has written for The National Pastime, official publication of the Society of American Baseball Research, distributed to members in this country and world-wide. Doug has been a living history interpreter at “The Landing” near Shakopee for 9 years. He has played on the 1860 Quicksteps Base Ball Club for 11 years, been field Captain for 5 and now club Manager. He is a member of the Vintage Base Ball Association for 10 years and elected Secretary of the National organization. He has lectured to school and church groups.

Session: Historical Potteries of Central Iowa
Speaker: Mark Wiseman
Session: 3 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Session: 4 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Session Description:
The researched historical information concerning the Potteries that were present in Des Moines, Iowa, and the potters of Des Moines from 1850 to 1900 (approx) and the connections to the potteries and potters that also worked in Hartford, Carlisle, and Palmyra in Warren County, and Boonesboro in Boone County, Iowa. Photographs of the known historical pottery pieces, and display and discussion of actual pottery pieces from these potteries.

Speaker Biography:
Mark C. Wiseman is a geologist and author. He is Newsletter Editor for the Iowa Antique Bottleers, author of multiple articles on Iowa bottles and breweries, and the author of the books “A History of the Moingona Potteries,” “A History of the Eldora Potteries,” and A History of the Des Moines Potteries.” His hobbies include bottle and stoneware collecting, and digging for both groups.

Session: Title: Looking Back at the Finds
Speaker: Steve Showers
Session: 3 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Session: 4 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Session Description:
Steve Showers Red Wing passion can be found in his Pottery Dump digging experience. This session will be a look back of his discoveries both past and present while digging in the pottery dump. She will be sharing some recently repaired one of a kind pieces for your viewing pleasure. Come and see Red Wing Pottery through the eyes of a dump digger.

Speaker Biography:
“Red Wing Archeologist” Steve Showers has been a Red Wing pottery dump digger for over 50 years and is a RWCS Hall of Fame Member He has been a speaker at every Convention since he joined the RWCS. Steve and his wife, Phyllis, are active members of the Gopher Chapter, Iowa Chapter, and Cannon Valley Red Wing Collectors Club. Steve and Phyllis are avid gardeners, using their Red Wing sewer pipe as planters, and shards as ground cover and stepping stones. They live in Welch, Minnesota.

Session: Pottery Museum of Red Wing “the Archive”
Speaker: Michelle Weisen, Archivist, Pottery Museum of Red Wing
Session: 2 11:00 am. To 11:50 a.m.
Session: 3 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

Session Description:
Join Michelle for the story behind the Red Wing Pottery Archives.  Find out what an archivist is, and the responsibilities associated with the position.  Michelle will relate her experiences from the initial sort of the documents, cataloging with the assistance of St. Kate’s Master of Library Science Graduate students, and the construction of the vault at the Red Wing Pottery Museum. Historical documents will be on display during the session.  The digital age makes it possible to enter information on the computer and make it available to our patrons.  Learn more about this important part of the Pottery Museum of Red Wing collection.

Speaker Biography:
Professor Michelle (Felmlee) Weisen grew up in Red Wing, Minnesota.  After graduating from Central High School, she moved to Miami, Florida where she earned her Master’s Degree in English from Florida International University. Her graduate degree and children’s series focuses on Victorian literature. She has been on the English faculty at Florida International University and the University of Delaware. Michelle has recently completed a year of archival studies at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul.

A self-described “old soul,” Michelle lives in Rochester with her pug Elmo and three turtles (parting gifts from former students).  Her son, Ian, follows in his mother’s footsteps and runs his own video production company in Los Angeles.

Michelle is an avid collector of Red Wing Pottery.  “Wherever I traveled, I always had a piece of home to take with me.  The opportunity to start a library at the museum is a dream come true.  Returning to my home town has brought my life full circle.”

2015 Educational Schedule and Speaker Information

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

Educational Seminars are on Thursday and Friday, July  9 &10 at Red Wing High School. Education Schedule and information will be available in the Spring of 2015.

To see information on last years educational program, click on the link below.


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

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.