Ask the Experts

Do you have a piece of Red Wing Stoneware, Dinnerware, or Art Pottery that you want to know more about?  Or perhaps it was just given to you by a family member or a friend, pick up a yard or estate sale? This is the place to get all your questions answered.

A panel of Red Wing Collectors Society members are able to be contacted here and this service is FREE! Our online Experts are Red Wing collectors and often have an interest in other pottery as well, they are respected by other collectors for their knowledge, and have a general interest in Red Wing Pottery.

Please note. The values provided are estimates only, based on the opinions and experiences of our expert panel. The values do not constitute an appraisal. An appraisal must be done by a certified appraiser and usually constitutes a fee. You may be given a range of value but neither the RWCS nor the expert panel may be held legally liable for them.

The RWCS and the expert panel cannot and will not recommend specific buyers or places to sell your items.

There are two ways to find answers to your pottery questions:

1. Search the Archive – The RWCS website has over 20,000 questions that have been previously answered on our website. Just use the search box on the RWCS website. Type in a few keywords. The search will bring up any question that references the terms you use.

2. Submit your question – Follow the instructions below to submit your questions.

Our experts have been providing answers to questions online for over 10 years. Here are the biographies of the RWCS Ask the Experts volunteers!

Artware – Archive Questions

Artware questions are answered by a panel of Red Wing Art Pottery Collectors depending on the piece, glaze, and line the individual question comes from.

Dinnerware – Archive Questions

Larry Roschen has collected Red Wing dinnerware for over 30 years. He and his wife Kathy have collected nearly complete sets of four dinnerware patterns, every known standard production dinner plate, and almost every teapot, pitcher and salt & pepper set made by Red Wing. Larry also has a strong interest in rare, lunch hour, and test or sample dinnerware items. He has presented numerous dinnerware seminars at RWCS MidWinter and Convention events and is contributes regularly to the RWCS Newsletter. Larry and his friend Terry Moe have gathered vintage documentation on Red Wing dinnerware lines, primarily old Red Wing price lists, brochures and company memos. These documents help form a more complete picture of production dates and timelines than can be found in existing Red Wing reference books.

Stoneware – Archive Questions

Clifford Olson and his wife, Alison, have collected Red Wing since 1986, when Alison’s aunt gifted them some crocks. Trips to antique shops to furnish their apartment resulted in more acquisitions, so it didn’t take long to build their collection. The couple slowed down their buying around 1998 due to young children, work and starting a business. But they dove back into collecting head first in 2014, always visiting antique shops and malls and attending local auctions.

Cliff collects Red Wing salt glaze and zinc glaze stoneware, along with advertising stoneware from southwestern Wisconsin.

To get your question answered, here is the process:

Please email your questions and photos to director@redwingcollectors.org and Stacy Wegner, Executive Director, will be able to get your questions to the proper expert.

Please provide the following information in your email:

  1. Provide a detailed description of the piece (size, condition, decoration, markings, glaze). If you are asking about dinnerware please include the number of each piece in the place setting.
  2. Attach a picture in the space provided if possible. It always helps the Expert to have a visual. You can also text your photo to 651-388-4004 (please include your name)
  3. Your question will be sent to the appropriate Expert.
  4. The Expert will provide you with an identification of the piece, the time period it was produced, the rarity/desirability of the item and a range of possible value*.
  5. Please be patient as answers to questions make take a few days to post to the website.
  6. Your question along with the answer will be posted on the website so others can view the question and answer. Neither your full name nor email address will be posted on the web site.