Education Seminars

2014 RWCS Convention Education

2014 Sessions Description and Speaker Bios PDF

Keynote

Red Wing Pottery Museum
Thursday: July 10, 10:30 a.m.

Session: Description:
Your RWCS Foundation Board will present the Keynote Address at Convention 2014. It will celebrate the Grand Opening of the new  location of the Pottery Museum. The Foundation Board members will recognize everyone who has contributed both financially and as volunteers. Museum Project Manager Larry Peterson will narrate a slide presentation of the process, showing demolition and the remodel of the new space at the Pottery. He will also describe the massive task of moving the 5000 piece Schleich Red Wing Pottery Museum from Lincoln, Nebraska to Red Wing, Minnesota and organizing and setting up the new Museum displays.

Louise Schleich will describe how she and her late husband, Gerry, opened their Museum in Lincoln and the decision to bring it to Red Wing. The Board will also present a Capital Campaign fundraising update.

Speaker Bio:
The mission of the RWCS Foundation is to preserve Red Wing and other American stoneware and pottery for future generations. The displays in the Pottery Museum are a historical reflection of life in Minnesota and in the United States during the past century. The Museum’s purpose is to encourage collecting by those who may not know about the Red Wing Collectors Society and to educate those who visit the Museum about the history of the clay industry in Red Wing, Minnesota.


THURSDAY, JULY 10 – Learning Opportunities

Session: Title: Orientation for First Timers
Speaker: Catherine Beall
Thursday: July 10, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
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riday: July 11, 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 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.

Shared Interest Groups
Groups: Stoneware, Dinnerware, Art Pottery
Courtyard Café
Thursday, July 10
2:30 – 3:30

Description:
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.

Tables in the Red Wing High School Courtyard Café will be marked for each major area of Red Wing Potteries production history: Stoneware, Dinnerware, Art Pottery. Additional tables will be created on-site for any interest group.

Hands On Classes - Thursday, July 10 and Friday July 11

Try your hand and learn how to make your own pottery from master potter Richard Spiller. This class will be offered at Red Wing High School and will be an additional fee. There are limited number of seats available. To learn more about these sessions visit the Hands On Education Page.

FRIDAY, JULY 11 – Educational Seminars

Session: 1 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
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.

Session: Insuring Your Collection
Speakers: Bob Kubes
Session: 1 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session: 2 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Session: Description:
The number one most important question, is not is it covered but how is it covered? This seminar provides you with all the information you need to ensure your collection is cover properly. Bob and Jamie will help you ask the right questions of your insurance carrier to give you peace of mind about your collection coverage.

Speaker Biographies:
Bob Kubes just completed my 23rd year in the insurance industry, 17 of those years as an owner. He has been very fortunate over those year to have worked with some of the most dedicated and fantastic people he has ever met.  Bob spends almost all of his time working in the commercial end of the business, focusing on small to medium accounts and specializing in Non-profits, Resorts, Property driven accounts as well as contractors and workers’ compensation.  Bob became a CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) about 15 years ago and continue to expand his education in the industry.  We offer several services to our clients and we continue to look for more ways to serve our clients even better each and every year.  Bob has been very involved in the community over the years serving on various non-profit boards and volunteering for many organizations and events on a regular basis.  He has also coached youth hockey here in Red Wing for about 25 years finally hanging up the whistle two years ago.

In Bob’s spare time if any, is mostly spent with my wife Sandy chasing around their three dogs, Allie, Mac and Murphy. They love to ride motorcycle in the summer months as well as fishing, hunting and hiking.  He still trys and get on the ice and play hockey in the winter months but the knees are fading fast.  And of course both Sandy and Bob try to spend as much time as they can with our two children, son Rob, daughter Halli, both of which are the reason our lives have been so absolutely incredible!

Session: True China 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 True China line.  Red Wing produced eight patterns in the True China shape.  The Lute Song pattern is well known, but others in this line are seldom seen.  In addition, they will present updates on recent dinnerware finds.

The seminar is based almost entirely upon primary source materials from the Red Wing Company.  Brochures, Price Lists, Company internal documents, and advertising materials 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 Title: Kiln Building
Speakers: Donovan Palmquist, Master Kiln Builder
Session: 1 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session: 2 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Session Description:
Donovan will be presenting presentation on the history of kilns and their use in the pottery field. He will focus on the salt glaze kiln at the Red Wing Pottery and the other kilns that have been used in the production of Red Wing ware.

Session Biography:
Donovan Palmquist has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Art Education from Carthage College and a Master of Fine Arts Ceramics from the University of Minnesota. Since 1976 he has been a studio potter focusing on vessel oriented work. In 1992 he stated Master Kiln Builder, INC located in Farmington MN. He has done a number of lectors and exhibitions throughout the United Sates. His work can be seen in a number of collections in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin and California.

Session: Title: RW Dump Finds
Speaker Name: Paul Boudin & Connie Mathison
Session: 1 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session: 2 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Session: Description:
Come and join us for some fun and informational discussions on the RW dump and our many digs on pottery road. We have unearthed some treasures from the dump and some unusual pieces from pottery road.

It has been another good year for us and we would like to share our latest finds with you.

Speaker Biography:
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 Mid Winter also.

Session Title: What would you like to see in YOUR Pottery Museum
Speakers: RWCS Foundation Board Members
Session: 1 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session: 2 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Session Description:
Now that the Pottery Museum is settled into its new space at the Pottery Annex, the RWCS Foundation Board wants to hear from Society members. Moving forward, the Museum will continue to evolve into what its members want it to be. Board members are excited to share information about the Museum and will answer questions about how it was put together. They will also welcome suggestions of what the Society members would like to see in their Pottery Museum.

Session Biography:
The mission of the RWCS Foundation is to preserve Red Wing and other American stoneware and pottery for future generations. The displays in the Pottery Museum are a historical reflection of life in Minnesota and in the United States during the past century. The Museum’s purpose is to encourage collecting by those who may not know about the Red Wing Collectors Society and to educate those who visit the Museum about the history of the clay industry in Red Wing, Minnesota.

Session: Title: Discoveries from Pottery Road
Speakers: Dennis Nygaard
Session: 1 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session: 2 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Session: Description:
This seminar will focus on the pottery of the early to mid 1930′s discovered on “Pottery Road” (Pottery Road is a road made of red wing discards from the 1920′s up to 1937.)  The dry autumn 2011 allowed digging (after two years of high water) on “Pottery Road” resulted in a number of new discoveries. featured pieces of the presentation are: shared referred to as “Pansy” line, named after the flower found on the pieces and advertising white, or creamware butter crock shards. There have been new finds since MidWinter 2014 so come and see it all.

Speaker Biographies:
Dennis Nygaard is a long time RWCS member inducted in to the RWCS Hall of Fame in 2011. He has been digging in the Red Wing dump since 1980, often with fellow digger Steve Showers.  In addition to his dump finds, Dennis collects stoneware fruit jars from all United States potteries with a special interest in New Brighton, PA pottery. Dennis lives in Hastings, MN with his wife, Virginia, and has three sons.

Session: The Sea Wing Disaster: Tragedy on Lake Pepin
Speakers: Fred Johnson
Session: 1 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Session: 2 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Session: Description:
On July 13, 1890, the Sea Wing, a riverboat crowded with more than 200 passengers, capsized in heavy winds north of Lake City and 98 people died. Of the dead, 77 were from Red Wing. Frederick Johnson, has just updated The Sea Wing Disaster, his earlier book this catastrophe, and will detail the circumstances surrounding this tragedy. The disaster has been known since Johnson’s first book as “Minnesota’s version of the Titanic.” A remarkable photographic record from the period, along with a newly produced video about the accident, will be used to augment Johnson’s talk.

Copies of the book will be for sale following the session. All proceeds go to the Goodhue County Historical Society..

Speaker Biographies:
Frederick L. Johnson’s is the author of the new book The Sea Wing Disaster: Tragedy on Lake Pepin,  This is Frederick L. Johnson’s ninth book regarding Minnesota history. His numerous articles about Minnesota’s past have appeared in Minnesota History, Aviation History, Minnesota Genealogist, MNopedia and MINNPOST. The American Association for State and Local History gave his 2008 book Richfield: Minnesota’s Oldest Suburb a special merit award for exceptional scholarship. Johnson’s The Big Water (Deep Haven Press, 2013) has been called the “definitive book” about Lake Minnetonka history.

Session: History of Eldora Potteries
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:
A historical description of the potteries, Terra Cotta Works, Brick and Tile factories that were in business in Eldora, Iowa from 1860 to 1892, along with the available information on the produced stoneware, described with photo’s, shards, and intact stoneware pieces.

Speaker Biography:
Mark C. Wiseman, Geologist, his hobbies include bottle and stoneware collecting, and digging for both groups. Currently the newsletter editor for the Iowa Antique Bottleers.

Session: Hunting History
Speaker: Nancy Lambert
Session: 3 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Session: 4 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 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 Red Wing Pottery Museum.

Speaker Biographies:
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: 2014 Commemorative Production
Speaker: Adam Johnson and Bill Israel
Session: 3 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Session: 4 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Session Description:
Bill Israel and Adam Johnson, Red Wing Stoneware mold makers, will share with you their first-hand experience in the production of the 2014 RWCS Commemorative. The production of this year’s commemorative paved the way for long time mold maker Bill Israel to pass along his tips and talent to new comer Adam Johnson. Together they have revisited and advanced the mold making processes at Red Wing Stoneware through the 2014 Commemorative production. Come and hear and experience the commemorative production story and the relationship of these two Red Wing Stoneware Company mold makers.

Speaker Biography:
Adam Johnson has been at Red Wing Stoneware Company since his parents Bruce and Irene Johnson purchased the company in November of 2013. Adam is a mold maker working and learning alongside Bill Israel. Prior to Red Wing Stoneware Company Adam was a CNC operator at Hearth & Home Technologies in Lake City. He is a native to Red Wing, MN and 2006 graduate of Red Wing High School.

Bill Israel has been at Red Wing Stoneware for over 18 years. He started as a clay mixer and over time learned and developed his pottery creative talents. Bill has primarily been self-taught; but, since the new ownership of Red Wing Stoneware/Red Wing Pottery he has had learning opportunities. Bill lives has lived in Red Wing since 1975; and, he is married with two children.

Session: Collecting Zinc Glaze
Speaker: Larry Peterson and 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.

Speaker Biography:
Larry Peterson, RWCS Charter Member and Hall of Fame member, and has been collecting Red Wing since 1970. Peterson’s ties to the RWCS began with an invitation to bring his favorite Red Wing item to the first Convention July of 1977 for Lyndon Veil’s first book signing. Peterson has participated in every Convention since. He’s also served as the Education Chairperson, President of the Cannon Valley Chapter, co-authored three books (Red Wing Stoneware, Red Wing Collectibles, and The Encyclopedia of Red Wing Stoneware.) He is the owner of Larry’s Jugs Antiques and has been actively involved with the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation and his dream of creating the Red Wing Pottery Museum since its beginning. His passion is to promote the history, the collecting and the investing in Red Wing stoneware and pottery by sharing and having fun.

Steve Poeschl has been collecting Red Wing for 41 years. Poeschl grew up using Red Wing items in his house and his collection started when a local auctioneer began procuring crocks for him. He quickly became fascinated with the different markings; and, from that moment, he decided he wanted one of each! His education in collecting began with door-knocking that led him to Larry’s Jugs (then on Wilkinson St. in Red Wing). With the “clubhouse-like atmosphere” of Larry’s Jugs, Poeschl met many other collectors and delighted in the exchange of knowledge. He puts his education experience to work by sparing the ”mistake” purchases for other collectors by volunteering as an RWCS Convention Auction grader. He feels “folks become more excited about the hobby when true collectors help educate others. Our membership will expand, and we’ll have more fun.”


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.