RWCS Convention Education Released

Red Wing, MN – The Red Wing Collectors Society education manager Glenn Beall releases educational program for the 2012 Convention, set for July 12-14, 2012 in Red Wing, MN.

This year along the education program has expanded to offer shared interest groups, lunch and learn video session, and keynote opens to the public. To learn more about education at the 2012 Convention visit: Education Seminar Information Page includes session description, speaker bios, and schedule of time and days.

There is still time to join the RWCS and register to attend the 2012 Convention. To learn more about the Convention visit the event page.

NEW Hands On Class announced for the 2012 RWCS Convention

Decorating a crock using traditional methods

Hands on class for RWCS members

Tuesday, July 10

Sign up for an exclusive Red Wing Collectors Society members-only hands-on pottery class with local potter Richard Spiller hosted by the Anderson Center.

Each participant will be provided with a generous 1 quart crock in leather hard condition. Each person will glaze the interior with a traditional Albany slip glaze liner. The individual can personalize their crock by a Scraffito (scratching) technique thru a previously applied white slip. Additional possibilities include slip trailing from a squeeze bottle using a black slip.  The piece will then be fired in the Anderson Center’s gas kiln, to a stone ware temperature of 2350 °F, and shipped to the participant after Convention.  

Session Information:

Anderson Center – Cafeteria
163 Tower View Dr
Red Wing MN 55066

Session times, 4 RWCS members per session:
9:00am to 10:30am
11:00am to 12:30pm
1:30pm to 3:00pm
3:00pm to 4:30pm

Cost: $35.00
Cost includes: session time, piece and shipping

Register: RWCS Business Office

For more information about the session, contact Richard Spiller at To register  contact the RWCS Business Office at 800-977-7927 or

Red Wing Stoneware announces a Stoneware Scramble


Don’t miss the First Ever

Red Wing Stoneware Scramble

Saturday May 19, 2012 10 AM – 4 PM

A Mad Dashfor factory seconds in our parking lot. This is your chance to purchase stoneware at a fraction of the retail price.  You will choose either a one-minute or a four-minute dash to fill your cart. Call Red Wing Stoneware Company for details. 651-388-4610 or find them on Facebook.


RWCS Announces 2012 Convention Speaker – open to public

Recollections of Working at the Potteries: Hannes Kuehn

Thursday, July 12, 10:30 a.m.

Red Wing High School

Red Wing, MN

The RWCS Annual Convention, set for July 12-14, will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Society. The organization is inviting everyone to come and hear keynote speaker Hannes Kuehn.

Kuehn will present a narrative/PowerPoint recollection of working at Red Wing Pottery from 1956 to 1957. He was a Designer/Modeler who worked closely with Modeler Ted Hutchson and Designer Charles Murphy. He believes that he may be the last living designer today who actually worked at the Pottery, generating original designs and models for Red Wing Potteries. He visited Germany last year and met many pottery modeler/designers and photographed their work. Along the way he visited several pottery museums that displayed historic designs, equipment and production methods. It is likely that the probable founder of Red Wing Pottery, Joseph Pohl, who arrived in 1861, acquired his knowledge and skill of making crocks and bowls in Germany and applied it here in his new home near what is now Red Wing, Minnesota.

Come and listen to Kuehn’s stories about working at the potteries in the 1950s and learn a little about the history of this type of work that originated in Europe and continued in this area. The presentation will include many pictures of ceramic and stoneware items and designs. It is fun and interesting to collect Red Wing Pottery pieces, but first they had to be designed and produced; and that was fun and interesting too!

Speaker Bio:

Hannes Kuehn began his Modeler/Designer career as an apprentice at Ulmer Keramik in Germany in 1954. In 1956, Hannes immigrated to the U.S. and began working at Red Wing Potteries. Following his stint at the Potteries, Hannes had other ceramic positions until he became a Dental Technician, owning his own lab from 1958 to 1988. In 1988, he became the director of the production and teaching dental laboratories at the UCLA Dental School until 1999. In addition to his pottery, ceramics and design professional experience, Hannes also served as a police officer at various points in his carrier including the Los Angeles Police Department. Hannes currently lives in Southern California with his wife, Rosi.

The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 in Red Wing, Minn. and is devoted to educating people about all American pottery. There are more than 4,000 members worldwide. The Red Wing Potteries had diverse pottery lines that included stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail or log on to . You can also follow the RWCS on Twitter and find them on Facebook.

Vote for the Red Wing Pottery Wing

Red Wing citizens are preparing to paint a wing on the grain elevators facing the Mississippi River. Help select the perfect wing:


Be sure to click for image number ONE to get the Red Wing Pottery wing on the grain elevator.

Choice 1 Choice 2 Choice 3
Tatankamani, the man that the white explorers called Chief Red Wing, was a prominent military leader in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. One of his village sites became the city called Red Wing.

1. Red Wing Pottery
Red Wing’s location on the Mississippi River made it an important grain town. As a result of the grain industry’s success, Red Wing was ideally located for the pottery industry to grow. Red Wing Pottery, stamped with a wing, was the largest of its kind in the United States in the early 1900s.

2. Red Wing Shoe Company
Red Wing Shoe Co., today an international brand, also uses a red wing logo. Two manufacturing facilities and the Red Wing Shoe Museum remain in Red Wing. Since its beginning in 1905, Red Wing Shoe Co. has been known for making “work shoes for working people.” Local boots continue to be worn by people involved in farming, ranching, logging, mining, blacksmithing, railroading and construction.

3. Red Wing Construction
During one of Red Wing Construction Co.’s renovation projects, owner Jeff Frost found the old Red Wing Flour Mill logo and trademarked it for his company. One of the oldest red wing logos in existence, this one dates back to the 1800s.

Source: Red Wing REpublican Eagle
2 May 2012

Memorial Service for Eva Zeisel

Eva’s Memorial Weekend

Saturday, June 2nd 2012
First Unitarian Church
Brooklyn Heights, NY

12 Noon

Saturday, June 2, the Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 noon at the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights, followed by a coffee reception in the church to which all are invited.  For directions to the church go to Eva Memorial Service.pdf    Eva’s grandchildren will be greeting guests at the doors of the church, and as you sign the guest book, ask in what part of the church members of the Eva Zeisel forum are seating themselves, so that we may greet each other.  
On Saturday evening there will be a no-host dinner at 8:30 at a small local restaurant called Savann.  It features Turkish cuisine, and is located on Amsterdam Avenue between 79th and 80th on the west side of the street.  Meals are about $25, including a glass of wine and tip. Some of Eva’s family members will be there, and it will be a good time to continue the day’s conversations and socializing.  Reservations must be made, so be sure to check your rsvp on the listing below.

On Sunday, the 3rd there will be a casual and optional drop-in with light refreshments at the apartment where Eva lived for many years, at 600 West 115th Street, Apt. 72, from noon until late afternoon.   This will be a relaxed time to see where Eva lived, and for further schmoozing, but be aware that the apartment has been cleared out for future subletting, and that none of Eva’s designs will be on display.  There will be people in place to admit you to the building and the apartment.  To get to Eva’s home take the #1 subway to the 116th Street station.  Stay at the back of the subway and get out at the 115th Street exit.  Also, the Broadway bus #104 goes to 115th St.  The phone number of the apartment is 212-864-0341.

On Monday, the 4th Pirco Wolfframm will conduct docent tours of Eva’s country home, beginning at 1:00, to which members of the Eva Zeisel forum are invited.    Jeannie warns that the house is in a state of extreme disorder, as Eva’s possessions are still in boxes stacked here and there, and the living room has been given over to photography for the book.   However, Eva’s designs are still on display in the studio area of the house, and Pirco will be able to take us to the workroom and storage areas, where many of Eva’s prototypes are still being uncovered.  Because of the overcrowding, tours will be for four people at a time, and preference will be given to out-of-town guests.  If there are too many reservations for the tours, those living in the NY area can make arrangements to see the house at another time.  Cameras welcome, of course.  The tours will start rather promptly at 1:00, and will last about half an hour for each group.  Jeannie will have coffee and light refreshments available for those waiting for their tour.  To reach the country house by car, go up the Westside Highway, cross the George Washington Bridge, bear right on to Palisades Parkway North, then go to exit 12.  From there, take an immediate left and then an immediate right.  You will be on Route 45.  In half a minute you will see The Orchards.  Turn right onto South Mountain Road and go two miles to No. 455.  The driveway is on the left.  There really is no practical public transportation to the house, so carpooling is suggested.  If you will be driving and are willing to take passengers, or if you will need transportation,  please let me know at the email address below, and I’ll send along a list of drivers and passengers so that you can contact each other to make arrangements.

*the Memorial Service
*the no-host restaurant dinner on Saturday night
*the drop-in at Eva’s apartment on Sunday afternoon
*the country-house tour on Monday at 1:00

Our best regards,

Pat and Gene

©Eva Zeisel forum

Theft of Red Wing Stoneware Reported to RWCS Office

 Red Wing Stoneware Theft Reported from a Amboy, MN Antique Shop

Amboy, MN – On April 16th a theft occurred at the Villager Antiques in Amboy Minnesota. At least 20 pieces of Red Wing pottery were stolen from the antique store.

Among the stolen pieces were several water coolers, quite a few jugs, including the older brown ones, and some chicken waterers, many very old items as well as some of the Red Wing collectors pieces from past conventions. The most recognizable piece is a very distinct early 4 gallon salt glaze crock with a cobalt blue bird decoration (seen at right). This crook is not marked Red Wing but is an early piece. Nothing else appears to have been taken from the shop. Photos of other pieces stolen are below.

Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to contact Mankato Police Department of Justice in Mankato, MN at (507) 304-4814 Case number #12-0372.

RWCS Partners with Local Potter for Convention Demonstration

Local Potter Richard Spiller to Demonstrate at Red Wing Collectors Society Convention July 12-14

Red Wing, MN – The Red Wing Collectors Society is pleased to announce that Richard Spiller has accepted an invitation to demonstrate his pottery craft at the 2012 RWCS Convention.

It has been the long-standing tradition of the RWCS Convention to invite a potter or pottery company to demonstrate their craft during the Annual Convention in Red Wing, MN.  Ephraim Pottery, of Lake Mills, Wis. has actively participated in the event for the past five years, but had a schedule conflict for the 2012 Convention.

RWCS Executive Director Stacy Wegner heard about Spiller’s Gas Kiln Firing class being held at the Anderson Center at Tower View in Red Wing. Wegner contacted the Anderson Center inviting Spiller or another potter in residence to attend the Convention, and Spiller accepted.

“We appreciate the commitment of Ephraim Pottery sharing their knowledge and craft with our members and we look forward to having Spiller at the 2012 Convention,” Wegner said.

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.

The Red Wing Collectors Society Convention is slated for July 12-14, 2012 at Red Wing High School in Red Wing. The RWCS expects to have more than 1,000 of its members attend the event, which will celebrate the club’s 35th anniversary.

2012 Convention Schedule

2012 Convention Page

Convention – About the Event

Red Wing Elks Club Donates their supply of Red Wing Restaurant Ware to the Red Wing Collectors Society’s KidsView Program.

RED WING – In November 2011 the Red Wing Collectors Society’s storage unit was found burglarized and more than 100 pieces of Red Wing blank dinnerware were taken. Thanks to the perseverance of RWCS Executive Director, Stacy Wegner, and help from the Red Wing Police Department, more than 100 pieces were return to the RWCS in December 2011.

The blank plates are used for the annual “Paint your Plate” event in which more than 100 kids get the opportunity to paint on a real Red Wing plate at the RWCS Annual Convention in Red Wing, MN. The KidsView program was started in 1999, offering free education and activities sharing Red Wing, MN pottery history.

Long time RWCS and Elk’s member Steve Vagasky (left) coordinated donation of over 200 pieces of Red Wing Pottery restaurant from the Red Wing Elk’s Club to the RWCS. The donation was given by Exulted Leader Stephanie Riegelman (right) to RWCS executive director Stacy Wegner (center).

When long-time Red Wing Elks member and RWCS member Steve Vagasky heard of the burglary, he remembered seeing some old pottery dinnerware in storage at the Elks that was no longer being used and thought the Society’s kids program would be the perfect home for these items. Vagasky contacted both organizations and arranged the donation.

“I was so excited to notify Sue Jones Tagliapietra and her co-chair Aarika Floyd about the donation.” Wegner said. 

“This generous donation by the Red Wing Elks Club will guarantee that we will be able to continue the KidsView ‘Paint Your Plate’ Program for years to come,” said Tagliapietra.

Like other Elks Lodges across the country, the Red Wing Elks Lodge’s mission is to support the needs of children and veterans. In addition to assisting with projects like this, the Red Wing Elks Lodge helps improve the lives of youth in our area through programs like their scholarships, dictionary project for 3rd graders, hoop shoot, soccer shoot, drug awareness literature, children’s holiday parties, Christmas family project, Christmas food baskets, sending 17 deserving kids to for a week-long camp each summer and much, much more.

The RWCS Convention will be held in Red Wing, MN this summer from July 12-14 and will celebrate the club’s 35th Anniversary. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail or log on to You can also find the RWCS on Facebook or follow the club on Twitter @RWPottery.