RWCS to Expand 2020 Commemorative Sales before Convention

For Immediate Release

RWCS to Expand 2020 Commemorative Sales before Convention

Red Wing, Minn.: The RWCS Board continues to plan for the 2020 Convention. We also realize that government regulations may prohibit holding the convention – the health and safety of our members are of most importance.

We want each member of the RWCS to have an opportunity to purchase the 2020 Convention Commemorative and also have access to the lottery, so we are expanding commemorative sales! These new items below are in addition to the regular commemorative orders.

NEW FOR  2020!
We are now offering to each member (Primary & Associate) the opportunity to purchase Lottery Pieces plus a Set of ALL THREE VERSIONS! Shipping Included!

Set of all THREE Commemorative Versions A, B, C!   $199 per set
(limit two sets per member primary & associate)

Many members have shared in the past that they would like the opportunity to purchase all three versions (ABC). We are adding this option for the 2020 Commemorative with a limit of 2 sets per member (Primary & Associate).

Lottery Pieces             $67
(limit one per member primary & associate)

For the 2020 RWCS Convention, each member (Primary & Associate) will be able to purchase ONE lottery commemorative before the convention.

2020 Accessory Update
The RWCS was unable to identify an accessory piece to compliment the 2020 Commemorative. Instead of an accessory piece for 2020, we are excited to offer:

NEW! Anti-Coronavirus League JugTM   $69
(limit one per member primary and associate)

A portion of our proceeds will go to appropriate health organizations directly fighting COVID 19.

This is available to all Primary and Associate members who purchase a 2020 Commemorative piece or set.

History Behind the Piece! This hand-turned jug is a replica of the 1918 Anti-Flu League Jug made by Red Wing Stoneware in response to the outbreak of the Spanish Flu.  Learn more about the history of this jug via our Flu League Article .

Commemorative Distribution Update
The commemorative order form that was mailed to you this year only gave the option for one commemorative (pick up or mail) to each primary and associate member.  As of March 23, 2020, all commemoratives will need to be mailed and no accessory pieces will be sold. The Pottery producing the commemorative is located in Wisconsin and as of March 23, 2020, the State of Wisconsin has ordered the closing of all non-essential businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19. Production of the Commemorative will be postponed until the State of Wisconsin order is lifted -therefore the commemoratives may not be ready for a July pick up.

Members who have previously ordered the accessory this year may apply the amount of purchase to:

  • These new products
  • Donate to the RWCS or receive a refund.
  • Please contact the office to update your order.

Thank you to all the members who have already registered for Convention! We are still encouraging members to:

If Convention is canceled, registration, sellers’ tables, auction catalogs, and banquet fees members may choose to donate them to the RWCS or be refunded.  Pottery Museum of Red Wing Wine-ing tickets will also be refunded or members may choose to donate those funds to the museum.

If you have questions or would like to make changes to your current order please contact the Executive Director, Stacy Wegner during office hours Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm CST 651-388-4004 or swegner@redwingcollectors.org

RED WING COLLECTORS RETURNING TO BETTENDORF, IA, FEB. 28 – MARCH 1

RED WING, MN – After holding a very successful MidWinter event in the Quad Cities for the first time last year, the Red Wing Collectors Society is returning for more in 2020. Hundreds of stoneware and pottery collectors will converge upon the Isle Resort and Casino in Bettendorf, IA Feb. 28 – March 1.

You never know what will show up for sale at the Red Wing Collectors Society’s 2020 MidWinter event, taking place Feb. 28 – March 1 at the at the Isle Resort and Casino 1800 Isle Parkway in Bettendorf, IA. Dealers and collectors will start selling out of their rooms in the hotel’s north tower as early as Tuesday, Feb. 25. This impressive grouping of Red Wing pieces was offered for sale at a past MidWinter event; a lot of Illinois and Iowa stoneware is sure to show up for sale, as well

Founded in 1977, the RWCS is composed of 3,000 members worldwide who collect stoneware crocks, jugs, churns, dinnerware and art pottery manufactured in Red Wing from the 1880s to 1960s.

The RWCS MidWinter event is focused around buying, selling, education and fun with old and new friends alike. It will kick off with a Friday night social for attendees in the hotel’s Salon B ballroom from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 28. But many attendees will start selling stoneware and pottery from their hotel rooms in the north tower well before that – some starting as early as Tuesday, Feb. 25. A formal Show & Sale will run from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 followed by an auction at 4:30 p.m. – both of which are open to the public. More information about the auction can be found at www.houghtonauctions.com. Whether you’re new to collecting Red Wing or an experienced collector, anyone and everyone is invited to attend this fun event and find a new piece for their collection.

Education is also a major focus of the MidWinter event. Starting at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, RWCS Hall of Famer Steve Brown will give a keynote presentation titled “A Reflection of Minnesota Culture: The Red Wing Potteries”. Steve will provide a glimpse into how Red Wing’s clay industry transformed its product lines to meet the changing needs of society. He will present a collage of vintage postcard images to show how products were used and to enhance our appreciation of the items that collectors enjoy today. As a past member of the RWCS Board of Directors, Steve served as RWCS Historian for 16 years – 14 of which were also spent representing the club on the RWCS Foundation Board. He and his wife, Barb, were inducted into the RWCS Hall of Fame at the 2019 RWCS Convention.

After that, the following 50-minute education sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., separated by a 10-minute break:

  • Whiteware, Bricks, and Broken Banks” by Dennis Nygaard. A member of the RWCS Hall of Fame and longtime Red Wing pottery dump digger, Dennis will review his recent digging with flair and stories from the past. He’ll cover Red Wing’s use of white clay in stoneware production, discuss the more than 50 different manufactured fire bricks he found in the Red Wing Sewer Pipe dump, and conclude by sharing the shards and story of the “Dime Savings Bank” Red Wing made for the 1893 World’s Fair.
  • “How to Set Up a Stellar Display at Conventionby Laura Beall. Have you ever thought about displaying at the RWCS July Convention, but aren’t sure how to do it? As former Convention Display chairperson and a longtime RWCS member, Laura will walk you through the process of selecting an interesting and winning theme. She’ll also cover how to safely pack items and how to artfully present your display for maximum effect. She’ll also discuss the rules of having a Convention Display. Laura has displayed and won many times, so her tips and experience will surely help you put together a good display.
  • The Village Green Dinnerware Line” (continuous session) by Terry Moe & Larry Roschen. Experts in the field of Red Wing dinnerware, both Terry and Larry are RWCS Hall of Famers. They. first presented a seminar on the Village Green line in 2007. This seminar will revisit Village Green and other patterns in the line, with additional photos and information discovered since then. Village Wheat, the Provincial bakeware set and items produced for Ernest Sohn will also be covered. This seminar will be presented over two sessions, each with different content. 

All activities will be held at the Isle Casino Hotel at 1800 Isle Parkway in Bettendorf, IA. Visit www.erwcs.org to register or learn more about the annual RWCS MidWinter event.

MidWinter will help tie collectors over until the 44nd annual Red Wing Collectors Society Summer Convention, which slated for July 9-11 in Red Wing, MN. Annual membership in the RWCS costs only $35 and includes five 16-page full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 651-388-4004, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.erwcs.org. You can also join the RWCS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at @RWCollectors.

RED WING SALT GLAZE WATER COOLER SETS NEW RWCS CONVENTION AUCTION RECORD

Red Wing, MN – A lot of spectacular pieces have crossed the block at the Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) Convention Auction since the club was founded in 1977, but none had ever reached the $20,000 mark until this year.

Decorated with a cobalt butterfly and stamped “Red Wing Stoneware Company” on the front, a 10 gallon Red Wing salt glaze water cooler sold for $21,500 – the highest price ever paid for a piece at the club’s Convention Auction. At $4,000, a striking 1 gallon blue-sponged ‘Lunch Hour’ beehive jug with the name “L.L. Stromberg” stenciled on the front was a distant runner-up in the July 11 auction, which totaled $87,500 in total sales.

Other big news coming out of the 43rd Annual RWCS Convention, which attracted nearly 1,000 visitors to Red Wing, MN during the week of July 8, was the induction of two couples into the RWCS Hall of Fame during the club’s annual business meeting on Friday, July 12. Longtime RWCS members Steve & Barb Brown, and Bonnie Hutchson and her late husband, David, were recognized for all the time, knowledge and passion they’ve shared with the RWCS, fellow collectors and the Pottery Museum of Red Wing in their pursuits to preserve the history of Red Wing’s clay industry.

The Convention also featured a tastefully decorated display room, a miniature commemorative spittoon and a solid educational lineup with a dozen different speakers presenting on a wide range of topics including Red Wing bowls, stoneware patents, Red Wing’s ‘Anniversary Line’ of dinnerware, collecting on a budget, Red Wing’s early marketing efforts, finds from the Red Wing pottery dump and identifying repaired items and fakes. The Pottery Museum of Red Wing also held its annual “Wine-ing” for Red Wing fundraiser and the grand opening of its new “Red Wing Saloon” exhibit, which will be on display until the end of the year when a Prohibition exhibit will take its place.

Another fun aspect of the RWCS Convention is the participation of the younger generation through the KidsView and Young Collectors programs. The focus on these RWCS members is an important part of the vision of the Society to ensure its continued existence and growth. More than 20 kids and young adults participated in the interactive and educational activities this year, which included a trip to visit the Goodhue County Historical Society Museum’s 150th Anniversary exhibit, bidding at the annual KidsView auction and several hands-on pottery creation projects at Red Wing Art Reach. The final day of Convention Week featured the RWCS Show & Sale on Saturday, July 13, followed by the RWCS Banquet later in the evening.

The RWCS wishes to thank this year’s Convention sponsors: Red Wing Shoes, Larry’s Jugs Antiques, Red Wing Brewery, Red Wing Stoneware Co., Stockholm Pie Plate Cafe’ & General Store, Red Wing Framing & Fine Art Printing, Musty Barnhart Agency, Xcel Energy and First State Bank of Red Wing.

The next RWCS event is its Annual MidWinter GetTogether, which will be held at the Isle Hotel & Casino in Bettendorf, IA from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1. Visit the club’s website for more information.

Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society also costs $35 and includes five full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. The RWCS was founded in 1977 in Red Wing and there are more than 3,000 members worldwide. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 651-388-4004, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org. You can also join the RWCS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at @RWCollectors.

Red Wing Stoneware to Discontinue Industrial Operations

Red Wing, MN – “It is indeed a sad time for Red Wing, the state of Minnesota and the pottery industry as a whole,” says Red Wing Collectors Society President Paul Wichert, in reaction to Red Wing Stoneware’s Aug. 26 announcement that it will shut down its industrial operations. 

The Red Wing Collectors Society commissioned Red Wing Stoneware to produce its annual Convention commemorative several times during the club’s history, which extends back to 1977. In fact, the RWCS once again commissioned Red Wing Stoneware to produce its commemorative in 2019.

“Our organization’s members were very happy with the quality of this year’s commemorative, which is a replica of a toy spittoon,” says RWCS Executive Director Stacy Wegner. “In addition, Red Wing Stoneware made our special commemoratives – 19 Red Wing Sewer Pipe salesman sample replicas awarded to the winners of drawings, silent auctions and displays.”

The club also commissioned Red Wing Stoneware to produce some fundraising versions of its commemorative. Along with the commemorative, they were a highlight of the event, which took place back in July. Red Wing Stoneware was also a valued sponsor of the RWCS Convention this year.

“We appreciated their support to expand the Convention program and activities for our members,” Wegner notes. “The RWCS Board and members are saddened to hear of the ceasing of production.”

“Red Wing Stoneware was a big part of the legacy of Red Wing’s iconic pottery industry,” Wichert adds. “Their commitment to keeping the pottery history alive in Red Wing through their unique products will be a loss to the community, as well as to collectors.”

The RWCS was founded in 1977 in Red Wing and there are more than 3,000 members worldwide. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 651-388-4004, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org. You can also join the RWCS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at @RWCollectors. Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society also costs $35 and includes five full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year.

RWCS Inducts Two Local Red Wing Area Couples Into Hall of Fame

Red Wing, Minn.- At the Red Wing Collectors Society Annual Business Meeting held on July 12 in conjunction with their 43rd Annual Convention to local Red Wing area couples were inducted into the organizations Hall of Fame.

The Red Wing Collectors Society Hall of Fame was established in 1991 to recognize individuals who have made a major positive impact in the collecting, preservation, and/or education about Red Wing stoneware, pottery, and dinnerware. There have been only 27 recipients previously inducted into the RWCS Hall of Fame.

Steve and Barb Brown with their presenter Cathy Wurzer. Photo courtesy of David La Haye.

 Four new recipients of this prestigious award were recognized during this year’s Convention during the annual meeting of the Collectors Society on Friday, July 12. They are Steven and Barbara Brown and David (posthumously) and Bonnie Hutchson.

Steve and Barb Brown, Red Wing, Minnesota, have generously shared information about the pottery manufacturing companies of Red Wing and organized projects and displays to preserve that information. They have also shared information about their particular passion for Red Wing Oddities, lunch hour pieces and rare examples of pottery made in Red Wing. They both served on the Pottery Museum Foundation Board of Directors a combined 22 years and Steve was the historian of the RWCS for 16 years among many other volunteer positions they have both held.

Bonnie Hutchson accepting the Hall of Fame plaque from her presenter Dian Hallstrom. Photo courtesy of Betsy Moenkedick

David and Bonnie Hutchson, Lake City, Minnesota, made a significant contribution to the preservation of historical information when they rescued, preserved and then donated an irreplaceable archive of historical catalogs, documents, molds, and rare pottery pieces to the Pottery Museum of Red Wing. Dave and Bonnie were mold makers alongside Dave’s father, Teddy, who was the last employee at Red Wing Potteries in 1967 when it closed. Without these artifacts and their first-hand knowledge, valuable information would have been lost. Dave spent many days volunteering at the Pottery Museum as a tour guide and shared detailed information to visitors about the mold making process and manufacturing of pottery wares.

The Red Wing Collectors Society is delighted to welcome Steve and Barb Brown and Dave and Bonnie Hutchson into the RWCS Hall of Fame.

Below is the information that was included in their presentation plaques.

Steven and Barbara Brown – 2019

Steven P. and Barbara J. Brown of Red Wing, Minnesota, Red Wing Collectors Society member numbers 1037 and 1056, have made significant contributions to the Red Wing Collectors Society, Steve and Barb are hereby inducted into the Red Wing Collectors Society Hall of Fame this 12th day of July, 2019 in recognition of these lifetime achievements:

  • Active RWCS members since 1979 and 1995 respectively
  • RWCS Board of Directors – Steve Publicity Committee Chair 1990-1991 and Historian 1998-2014
  • RWCS Convention Display Committee Chairperson – Barb 2001& 2002
  • RWCS 25th Anniversary Planning Committee 2000 – 2002 – Both
  • RWCS Newsletter contributors and RWCS Convention Educational Seminar presenters and KidsView volunteers
  • Steve was a founding Board member of the RWCS Foundation and served on the Board as Historian 2000-2014
  • Barb served as an RWCS Foundation Board member 2005-2015, serving as Secretary 2007-2015
  • Barb served on the “Wine-ing for Red Wing” Fundraiser for the Pottery Museum of Red Wing
  • Both have presented Educational seminars in support of the Pottery Museum of Red Wing

Steve and Barb have also significantly contributed to the preservation of historical information about the pottery manufacturing companies of Red Wing, Minnesota. Steve was instrumental in organizing an extensive oral history project, capturing memories and recollections of past pottery employees, relatives, and friends. This joint venture with the Goodhue County History Center was completed in 2003. Steve also completed the arrangements for the Pottery Museum of Red Wing to be gifted the Revoir Red Wing Pottery industry photographic collection.  Steve organized special displays during the convention to provide additional educational benefit to RWCS Convention attendees. Both Steve and Barb have generously shared information about their particular passion for Red Wing Oddities, lunch hour pieces and rare examples of pottery made in Red Wing. They have both volunteered many times as tour guides at the Pottery Museum. The RWCS is delighted to welcome both Steve and Barbara Brown into the RWCS Hall of Fame.


David (posthumously) and Bonnie Hutchson – 2019

David and Bonnie Hutchson of Lake City, Minnesota, Red Wing Collectors Society Members #15078, have made significant contributions to the Red Wing Collectors Society. David and Bonnie are hereby inducted into the Red Wing Collectors Society Hall of Fame this 12th day of July, 2019 in recognition of these lifetime achievements:

  • Joined the RWCS in 1979
  • Dave produced the 1980 RWCS Commemorative using remaining Red Wing Potteries Clay
  • Dave and Bonnie preserved Red Wing Potteries artifacts that are now part of the permanent collection of the Pottery Museum of Red Wing
  • Dave and Bonnie presented Educational Seminars in 2006
  • Dave served on the RWCS Foundation Board of Directors 2005-2007
  • Dave volunteered at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing

David and Bonnie have contributed significantly to the preservation of historical information about the pottery manufacturing in Red Wing, Minnesota. Dave and Bonnie were mold makers alongside Dave’s father, Teddy, who was the last employee at Red Wing Potteries in 1967 when it closed. David and Bonnie kept records, molds, and artifacts from the Potteries safe for many years until they donated all of it to the RWCS Foundation. The Pottery Museum also holds an irreplaceable archive of historical catalogs, documents and rare pottery pieces thanks to David and Bonnie. Without these artifacts and their first-hand knowledge, valuable information would have been lost. David spent many days volunteering at the Pottery Museum as a tour guide and shared detailed information to visitors about the mold making process and manufacturing of pottery wares. The RWCS is delighted to welcome both Dave and Bonnie Hutchson into the RWCS Hall of Fame.

2019 RWCS Commemorative unveiled

Miniature spittoons!

Greetings Red Wing Collector!

Here it is — the moment you have been waiting for — the 2019 Commemorative & Accessory has been unveiled.

Version A is the zinc/Albany slip combination. Version B is zinc and Version C is Albany slip. They are ink-stamped “Red Wing Collectors Society July 11 – 13 Convention 2019” on the bottom. The spittoons were cast at Red Wing Stoneware in Red Wing, MN.

The accessory piece is a replica of a vintage tobacco tin from Joseph Jellineck, a Red Wing tobacco dealer.

As always, the three versions are distributed at random both mail and pick up orders.

Now that you know what the commemorative is you can still order one. You have until Saturday, July 13 at Midnight!

  • $67 if you would like a mailed commemorative only  
  • $82 for Mailed Commemorative WITH the tobacco tin Accessory

You have two opportunities to order the commemorative!

Don’t miss out on your 2019 Commemorative and Accessory –Order Today!

Contact the RWCS Business Office with any questions!

Convention Program is mailing to members!

The RWCS Convention Program is mailing to members.

This is your printed resource for all the events and activities of the Convention. 

RWCS member Craig Orcutt is also working on the final details of the Convention app for download. Watch for more information on that soon.

10 Gallon Salt Glaze Butterfly Cooler Expected to be the Top Lot at Red Wing Collectors Society Convention July 11 Auction

Fronted-stamped “Red Wing Stoneware Company”, this 10 gallon salt glaze water cooler hand-decorated with a cobalt butterfly is expected be the top prize at the official RWCS members-only auction at the RWCS Convention. The event will be held at the River Bluff Education Center at 395 Guernsey Lane in Red Wing. A preview will be held from 2 to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, with the auction beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Red Wing, MN – A signed Red Wing 10 gallon butterfly-decorated salt glaze water cooler is just one of the impressive pieces highlighting the official members-only auction at the Red Wing Collectors Society Convention, July 11-13 in Red Wing.

The RWCS will celebrate its 43rd Anniversary at this year’s Convention, which will unofficially begin on Wednesday, July 10 when the RWCS Foundation holds its “Wine-ing for Red Wing” fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing at 240 Harrison Street, Red Wing. Admission for the fundraising event is $25; it will feature food and beverages, and silent and live auctions.

For the first time, this year’s RWCS Convention will be held at the River Bluff Education Center located adjacent to Red Wing High School. Located at 395 Guernsey Lane in Red Wing, River Bluff opened its doors in the fall of 2015 and is part of the Goodhue County Education District. The facility has a compact layout and enough rooms for all Convention events. Plus, the school’s gymnasium is air-conditioned, which will provide a comfortable place to hold the Convention Auction on Thursday, July 11 and Show & Sale on Saturday, July 13.

The RWCS Convention officially kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 11 with a keynote presentation on grading pottery and stoneware for the Society’s auction by RWCS Member Larry Birks. A long-time collector and past RWCS president, Birks will present on the need for auction grading and the definitions of the various damage the graders look for that cause the description to vary from what is shown on the RWCS Auction sheet. The seminar will also explain repairs, restorations and fakes that find their way across the grading table.

The official RWCS members-only auction*, which features more than 200 pieces consigned by members, will take place at 4:30 that evening in River Bluff’s gymnasium. Onsite registration will be available to become a member. The auction preview will be open from 2 to 4:15 p.m. Catalogs are for sale for $5 in advance at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing or can be purchased at the auction itself.

RWCS members will also have their lineup of usual favorites to attend during Convention, including street sales held at Red Wing’s historic Pottery Place, other stoneware and pottery auctions held on Tuesday and Wednesday, educational seminars and the official RWCS Show & Sale at the River Bluff gymnasium that begins for members at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 13. It opens FREE to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In addition to these activities, an early evening social will feature food, trivia and fun from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 12 in the River Bluff cafeteria.

A reunion of the iconic Red Wing stoneware “Boy with Crock” statues is being held in the Display Room at the Red Wing Collectors Society’s Annual Convention this summer (Thursday, July 11 through Saturday, July 13). There are at least 14 of these impressive figurines in existence, but more are likely more out there. Collectors hoping all of the figurines can attend for what will surely be an epic display of incredible handcrafted folk art stoneware.

Other Convention activities include a “Crock Hunt” scavenger hunt around Red Wing and a special display room at River Bluff where members create their own unique displays of Red Wing items for the education and enjoyment of attendees. This year the Convention Display Room will feature a reunion of the coveted Red Wing stoneware “Boy with Crock” statues.

If you have one of these statues, please contact RWCS Executive Director Stacy Wegner at director@redwingcollectors.org for more details about the display. Even if you can’t make it to Convention, the RWCS would like to work with you to bring your Boy with Crock back to Red Wing for this brief appearance. The identities of all Boy with Crock owners will be kept confidential.

An annual commemorative will be unveiled and distributed to members beginning Thursday, July 11. The commemorative piece is a closely guarded secret and there is much speculation as to what the piece will be each year. It is a miniature replica of a Red Wing pottery item with a limited number made. Last year’s commemorative was a flower pot.

Breakout education sessions scheduled for Friday, July 12 at the River Bluff Education Center will offer a great selection of diverse topics. The presentations are listed below; check out the “Education Seminars” page on the Convention section of the RWCS website for more detailed descriptions

  • Patents and Stoneware by Marv Juel.
  • The Journey of Collecting Red Wing by RWCS Hall of Famer Larry Peterson and Gary Tyc.
  • Collecting on a Budget by Todd Avery.
  • The Dump Finds from the Past by RWCS Hall of Famer Steve Showers and his wife, Phyllis.
  • Digging Up the Past by Red Wing Dump Diggers Paul Boudin & Connie Mathison.
  • Anniversary Line Dinnerware by RWCS Hall of Famers Terry Moe & Larry Roschen.
  • Early Red Wing Clay Industries and Marketing – from Salt and Albany to the Dawn of Zinc by Dr. Danaè R. Quirk Dorr.
  • “Hat’s Off To History” 150 years of Goodhue County History by Robin Wipperling, Goodhue County Historical Society Executive Director.
  • The Potter, the Myth and the Reality by Potter Richard Spiller.
  • Red Wing Bowls by Brent Mischke.

Another unique aspect of the RWCS Convention is the participation of the younger generation through the KidsView program. The Society is on the leading edge of creating engaging and educational ways to get the younger generations involved in collecting. Children ages 3-12 will have several hands-on pottery creation projects and a Kids’ Auction to participate in from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 12 at Red Wing Art Reach and the Goodhue County Historical Society (GCHS), which is located at 1166 Oak Street in Red Wing.

To further complement KidsView, the RWCS has a Young Collectors program for Red Wing collectors ages 13 to 20 grow their interest in Red Wing. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Red Wing, develop new friendships through peer-to-peer discussion groups and participate in hands-on activities. Young Collectors activities will be held at the GCHS from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11.

The 2019 RWCS Convention is sponsored by Red Wing Shoes, Larry’s Jugs Antiques, Red Wing Brewery, Red Wing Stoneware Co., Stockholm Pie Plate Cafe’ & General Store, Red Wing Framing & Fine Art Printing, Musty Barnhart Agency, Xcel Energy and First State Bank of Red Wing. To learn more about all the events and activities of the RWCS Convention, visit the RWCS website event page for the Convention.

The RWCS can also be followed on Twitter and on Facebook. Like most antique collecting clubs, attracting young new collectors has been a challenge for the RWCS. A bright spot in the organizations recruiting efforts has come through the RWCS Facebook Chapter, which is a highly active page where recent finds are shared, questions are answered and pieces are bought and sold by new and advanced collectors alike. To join the conversation, visit www.facebook.com/groups/RWCSChapter/.

* Registering onsite to attend the RWCS Convention costs $50 per person; kids 15 and under are free. Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society also costs $35 and includes five full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. The RWCS was founded in 1977 in Red Wing and there are more than 3,000 members worldwide. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 651-388-4004, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org. You can also join the RWCS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at @RWCollectors. 

 

April Newsletter mailing update

Update from RWCS Newsletter Editor Rick Natynski:

Members, the April RWCS Newsletter printed on April 22 and was supposed to mail out the following day, but there was a significant delay at the fulfillment house the printer uses. At this point, most members have not received a newsletter yet. The printer spoke with a post office rep on Thursday and according to them, the newsletters have finally been received and should be delivered to mailboxes soon.

I apologize deeply for this delay. I have informed the printer that this is unacceptable and they agreed. They will discontinue their relationship with this particular mail house going forward.

In the meantime, just as a reminder, the April issue has been uploaded to the members-only page on the RWCS website and can be viewed there by all members in good standing.
 

Please note that three members have advertised upcoming auctions on May 25, May 27 and June 1. Click here to view these and all the other classified ads. Each have quality items, so you’ll want to check it out! If you have any problems accessing the members-only page, please contact Stacy Wegner at the RWCS office on Monday. Again, my apologies!

 
Sincerely,
Rick Natynski

RED WING COLLECTORS TO “LET IT RIDE” FEB. 22-23 IN BETTENDORF, IA

RED WING, MN – Hundreds of stoneware and pottery collectors are gearing up for the annual Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) MidWinter GetTogether, which will be held at the Isle Resort and Casino in Bettendorf, IA Feb. 22-23. This will be first time a club event will be held in the Quad Cities in the organization’s 42-year history.

Founded in 1977, the RWCS is composed of than 3,000 members worldwide who collect stoneware crocks, jugs, churns, dinnerware and art pottery manufactured in Red Wing from the 1880s to 1960s.

The event, which is focused around on buying, selling, education and fun with old and new friends alike, will kick off with a Friday night social for attendees in the hotel’s Salon B ballroom from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 22. But many attendees will start selling stoneware and pottery from their hotel rooms in the north tower well before that – some starting as early as Tuesday, Feb. 19. A formal Show & Sale will run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 followed by an auction at 4:30 p.m. – both of which are open to the public. More information about the auction can be found at www.houghtonauctions.com. Whether you’re new to collecting Red Wing or an experienced collector, anyone and everyone is invited to attend this fun event and find a new piece for their collection.

Education is also a major focus of the event. Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, collector Danae Quirk Dorr will give a keynote presentation on “Red Wing Clay Industries & Marketing – From Salt and Albany to the Dawn of Zinc”. Danae will cover products produced and sold by Red Wing Stoneware Co., Minnesota Stoneware Co., North Star Stoneware Co., and Union Stoneware Co. through the 1800s. A highly informative and enthusiastic speaker, Danae is vice president of the RWCS Facebook Chapter and a member of the RWCS Foundation Board.

After that, the following hour-long education sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m., separated by a 10-minute break:

  • “Pouring and Glazing Pottery” by Glenn Beall. In addition to being the former RWCS Education Manager, Glenn has been pouring and glazing his own pottery for the past nine years and he’s excited to share the ‘ins and outs’ of pottery production.
  • “Salt Glaze Stoneware” by Rick Natynski. Best known for the high quality RWCS Newsletter that he’s produced for the past 12 years, Rick has collected Red Wing salt glaze for nearly 20 years. He’ll share more than 200 photos – many featuring the best pieces Red Wing ever turned out.
  • “Auction Grading: Identifying Stoneware Damage, Restorations and Fakes” by Larry Birks. A stoneware collector since the late 1970s, Larry served as RWCS President from 2014 to 2016. In addition to grading items for the RWCS Thursday Night Convention Auction for several years, he has presented seminars on “faked advertising” stoneware to the RWCS, Collectors of Illinois Pottery & Stoneware (COIPS) and the Blue and White Collectors Club. “Knowing what to look for when buying a piece of stoneware will help everyone know whether the ‘value asked is the value bought!’” Larry says.
  • “Red Wing Dinnerware” by Terry Moe & Larry Roschen. Experts in the field of Red Wing dinnerware, both Terry and Larry are RWCS Hall of Famers. They have presented countless seminars on the many dinnerware lines produced by the Red Wing Potteries. Their sessions have a loyal following at every RWCS event, which will surely be the case again in 2019.

All activities will be held at the Isle Casino Hotel at 1800 Isle Parkway in Bettendorf, IA. Visit www.erwcs.org to register or learn more about the MidWinter GetTogether.

This event will help tie collectors over until the 42nd annual Red Wing Collectors Society Summer Convention, which slated for July 12-14 in Red Wing, MN. Annual membership in the RWCS costs only $35 and includes five 16-page full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 651-388-4004, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.erwcs.org. You can also join the RWCS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at @RWCollectors

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