“CROCKFEST” and Other New Events to Headline Red Wing Collectors Society’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

“CROCKFEST” and Other New Events to Headline

Red Wing Collectors Society’s 35th Anniversary Celebration


Red Wing, MN- In celebration of the Red Wing Collectors Society’s (RWCS) 35th anniversary, several exciting new events will take place during the RWCS Annual Convention, which is scheduled for July12-14 in Red Wing, Minn.

This uber-rare 30 gallon salt glaze butterfly crock with "Red Wing Stoneware Co." stenciled in cobalt is one of the many great pieces expected to be up for grabs at this year's Members-only Auction To see more pieces submitted by members for this year's auction visit the auction page.

“Whether you have a casual interest in Red Wing stoneware and pottery, or you’re a die-hard collector, the RWCS Convention is the place to spend your summer vacation this year,” says RWCS 35th Anniversary Committee Co-chair Wendy Callicoat. “From the new CROCKFEST event we’ve created to all the auctions and sales and everything in between, attendees are sure to have a great time.”

New 35th Anniversary events on Thursday, July 12 include a free breakfast for RWCS members to recognize the Society’s charter members at 8 a.m., a balloon release honoring departed members and Lunch & Learn Sessions at noon and Shared Interest Groups from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; each of these events will take place at Red Wing High School.

On Friday, July 13, a time capsule will be buried at the North Star Monument in Red Wing’s historic pottery district at 8:30 a.m., a pig roast lunch will be served at Red Wing High School from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and CROCKFEST – a festival featuring food, music by the Cruisers, kids activities and fun for the whole Red Wing community – will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Red Wing’s Central Park.

In addition to these new activities, RWCS members have their lineup of usual favorites to attend during Convention, including street sales held throughout the community, a string of auctions highlighted by the always popular RWCS Thursday Night Auction at Red Wing High School, educational seminars and the official RWCS Show & Sale at Red Wing High School that begins for members at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 14 and opens FREE to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Other major activities include a “Crock Hunt” scavenger hunt around the historic Mississippi River town, the KidsView educational program for kids ages 3 to 12 and the Young Collectors Club for ages 13-20. There is also a special display room at Red Wing High School, where members create their own unique displays for the education and enjoyment of attendees, combined with some fun and creative competition.

The RWCS Foundation will also hold several events on Wednesday, July 11 to raise support and awareness for its new museum space – the north half of the Pottery Place Annex. (The RWCS Foundation Board in April signed a purchase agreement for the building, which is about 10,000 sq. ft. larger than the current Red Wing Pottery Museum that is located across the parking lot in Pottery Place.) These events include a food booth and pre-registration badge pickup outside the Pottery Place Annex, 2000 Old West Main St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guided tours of the Red Wing Pottery Museum from noon to 2 p.m. and a wine & cheese fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. The wine & cheese event will featuring both silent and live auctions and live music by musician Karl Burke.

An annual commemorative will be unveiled and distributed to members beginning Thursday, July 12. 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, contributing to their increase in value in following years. Last year’s commemorative cobalt-decorated salt glaze churn was well-received by the membership.

Hannes Kuehn, who worked at the Red Wing Potteries as a mold maker in 1956, will officially kick off Convention with a keynote presentation at 10:30 a.m. July 12 in the Hove Auditorium at Red Wing High School, 2451 Eagle Ridge Dr. The presentation will be open to the public.

A good selection of topics are also on tap for the educational sessions on Friday, July 13, including an orientation for first timers, Red Wing salt glaze, Red Wing 101, recent finds from the old pottery dump, Red Wing dinnerware, history of the villages surrounding the Goodhue County clay pits, Minnesota’s New Ulm stoneware and digging old privies in search of antiques and artifacts. In addition, the RWCS Foundation will hold an info session on all its exciting new developments and what it has planned for the coming years.

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. The focus on these RWCS members is an important part of the vision of the Society to ensure its continued existence and growth. There are many interactive and challenging activities and seminars for children ages 3-12 to get involved in, such as learning how to bid at an auction, what to look for in an antique, and several hands-on pottery creation projects.

To further complement KidsView, the RWCS Young Collectors is entering its second year of helping 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.

To learn more about all the events and activities of the 35th Anniversary Convention Celebration, visit the RWCS website event page for the Convention. The RWCS can also be found on Facebook and followed on Twitter.

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 membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org.

Red Wing Pottery Museum Fundraiser – July 11

Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation

Red Wing Pottery Museum Fundraiser

Wednesday, July 11

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Red Wing, MN – The Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation, Red Wing Pottery Museum Welcomes everyone to join them at this fundraising event.

RWCS Membership Milestones to be recognized

The RWCS 35th Anniversary Committee announced this week that it will recognize milestones of the registered 2012 Convention attendees who have been members for 10 years or more.

Add Join Date

Members who have pre-registered for Convention and provided their join date will receive a pin in recognition for their years of membership in the RWCS.

Years of membership will be recognized for milestones of 10-14 years, 15-19 years, 20-24 years, 25+ years and 35 years (Charter Members). A different piece of Red Wing pottery or stoneware will be pictured on the pin depending on the milestone reached.

“The 35th Anniversary Celebration Convention is a perfect time to acknowledge the longevity of our members.” said Wendy Callicoat, RWCS 35th Anniversary Committee member.

Members are encouraged to contact the office 800-977-7927 or email or log on to the RWCS site with their membership number and password to confirm their join date year. If you are unsure of your join date, visit the Commemorative Page to determine the first commemorative you received.

The RWCS Convention is set for July 12-14, 2012 in Red Wing, MN. The pre-registration period ended on Friday, June 8; onsite registration opens at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 12 at Red Wing High School. To learn more about the Convention, please visit the event page.

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 spilrichard@hotmail.com. To register  contact the RWCS Business Office at 800-977-7927 or director@redwingcollectors.org

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 membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org . 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