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

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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.

RWCS to Elect New Managers at 2012 Convention

Election info

There are three positions up for election on the RWCS Board of Directors in 2012. After serving as Auction Manager for four years, Todd Avery has decided not to run for re-election. We thank him for his service – he has been a pleasure to work with. RWCS Member Bruce Selfridge is looking to take over the role and is running unopposed. Incumbents Glenn Beall and Bob Morawski are seeking another term for the respective positions of Education Manager and Commemorative Manager. They are also running unopposed. Balloting will be by mail in accordance with RWCS by-law Article V, Nominating Committee and Voting Procedure. Ballots will be mailed with the April RWCS Newsletter to all primary members in good standing and must be received by the RWCS Business Office no later than June 30, 2012. Associate members must request a ballot by contacting the RWCS Business Office.

Bruce Selfridge

Candidate, RWCS Auction Manager

Hello, my name is Bruce Selfridge and I am seeking the position of RWCS Auction Manager. My wife, Carmen, and I have been members of the RWCS Golden State Chapter of the since 1990; I am currently the chapter vice president. I have volunteered since 2010 at the RWCS Auction and I have made several educational presentations at our July Conventions. My wife has been very active with the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation and is currently on the Foundation Board.

I am very excited about the opportunity to serve as Auction Manager. Todd Avery has done a great job during very challenging times. The RWCS Auction is in competition with several other auctions in Red Wing during Convention Week, as well as internet sales such as eBay. It is going to be a challenge to get our auction to be the place to get that “special” item for your collection. The RWCS Auction should continue to be a major part of our Convention.

I am a retired Fire Captain of the Town of Ross Fire Department in California, where I worked for 37 years. I have been involved in several non-profit groups. I am currently active in two organizations. I am a staff member of Kinetic Steam Works, a non-profit group of steam power enthusiasts. I’m also a member of the local chapter of the Early Days Gas Engine and Tractor Association as a past director and newsletter eitor for several years.

With your help and ideas, I am looking forward to being your Auction Manager and working with the RWCS Board of Directors.

Glenn Beall

Incumbent, RWCS Education Manager

I started collecting Red Wing one cold day at an auction more than 20 years ago. The last item on the auction was a 25 gallon wing crock. Since my wife, Julie, thought the piece was “neat” I started coming home with more and more crocks. The stoneware collecting eventually led into art pottery thanks to another auction find, and that ended up leading into dinnerware. So now we collect everything. I joined the Red Wing Collectors Society in 1989. My four daughters are usually at Convention, too. The oldest, Laura, is active at Convention with the Display Room and KidsView, as well as the Siouxland Redwingers Chapter. The youngest, Elizabeth, is a member of the Trails West chapter. Amy and Catherine are usually helping out somewhere around Convention wherever they’re needed.

In 1997, I joined the Nebraska Redwingers as a charter member. When a move to South Dakota became necessary, I missed the chapter feeling. A few months later, a few other collectors and I started the Siouxland Redwingers, which was chartered at the July 2000 RWCS Convention. I’m still president of that chapter.

In 2003, my family and I took on the Display Room at Convention and have been doing that ever since. If you’ve gone to a MidWinter GetTogether or a Convention, you’ve probably seen me running around there at some point. I have enjoyed working to bring you new sessions and would enjoy one more term as Education Manager. With your input and help, we can continue the fine sessions we have enjoyed so far.

Bob Morawski

Incumbent, RWCS Commemorative Manager

My passion for Red Wing started in 1998, when I bought my first piece of stoneware. I joined the RWCS later that year and have attended all of the Conventions since 1999 and most of the MidWinter GetTogethers.

I like to collect stoneware with Milwaukee advertising. I also have many “oddity” pieces that are either missing ovals or wings, have extra wings or ovals, or have upside down stamps. When my grandma moved out of her house, I noticed she had six pieces of Pepe dinnerware. Since then I have built the set up to more than 100 pieces. I also have a large collection of Red Wing signed sewer pipe and I’m working on putting together a complete set of Special Commemoratives. (I am especially looking for a 1982 Special Commemorative.) I also enjoy digging in the Red Wing dump.

I am working with a strong core group of people and we have formed the new Badger Chapter, Wisconsin’s second chapter. We welcome new members. I have also chaired and now sit on the RWCS Membership Committee.

I have worked with the Commemoratives for the past six years; I’ve been the manager for the past four. I introduced the three version “A, B and C” concept to help reenergize the Commemorative and get people excited about them again; this has worked well. I will continue to push the envelope not only with the Commemoratives, but in all areas concerning the RWCS to help keep the club and membership healthy for future generations to enjoy our passion. Thanks for your support in the past and future!

Anderson Center Offers Session on Gas Kiln Firing

“Learn the Art of Gas Kiln Firing”

Anderson Center Weekend Retreat with Richard Spiller

April 7, 8 & 14, 2012

Saturday, April 7
10 a.m. – Orientation, glaze, load and start firing
6 p.m. – Potluck dinner, lecture and discussion

Sunday, April 8
5 a.m. – Continue firing to 2,350°F

Saturday, April 14
10 a.m. – Unbrick and unload kiln

Overnight guests: $135-$180
Day students: $100

Richard Spiller has been a practicing potter and ceramic artist for nearly 50 years. His expertise includes kiln building with firing experience from corn cob raku to a Tozan Noborigama and firing to cone 10 reduction. 

For more information and registration, please contact the Anderson Center: 651-388-2009 or or more information on their website.

35th Anniversary Celebration – Convention, July 12-14

Plans are in place…. The details are being worked out….The 35th Anniversary Celebration is guaranteed be a fun-filled weekend for everyone. If you haven’t been to Convention in awhile, grab a friend and come to Red Wing in July.

Thursday 2012 Anniversary Special Events

8:00 – 9:30 am – Membership breakfast with Charter Member program

10:30 am Convention Keynote OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Hannes Kuehen, former modeler/designer at Red Wing Pottery from 1956 – 1957

Noon – 35th Anniversary Balloon Release – honoring departed members
Noon – 2:00 pm – “Celebrating our History… 35th years later: Now Playing in the High School Commons Area” A lunch & Learn Session featuring: RWCS Member Ron Linde’s interview with famed Red Wing designer Charles Murphy and the 2000 Convention Keynote Session featuring Town & Country designer Eva Ziesel.

2:30 pm – Shared Interest Groups – Come to the Courtyard Cafe’ and share your favorite piece, talk with members who share your collecting interest area, swap stories, share information. There will be groups for stoneware, dinnerware, and art pottery.

FRIDAY 2012 Anniversary Special Events:

8:30 am Time Capsule Burial – Stop at the North Star Monument located at 1811 Old West Main St. in Red Wing to see this event.

At Red Wing High School:
11:00 – 1:30 35th Anniversary Luncheon “Pig Pickin Birthday Party”
12:00 – 1:00 35th Anniversary Cake Cutting, Sponsored by Hanish Bakery

Crock Fest – Friday night, Central Park
5:00 – 9:00 pm Red Wing Central Park

Full Convention Schedule

We’re planning activities that will bring you an exciting new RWCS Convention experience. Let’s kick off the fun with the FREE Welcome Breakfast on Thursday, July 12, in the Red Wing High School Commons. Be sure to RSVP on your Convention registration form so we know that you’re coming. There will be music and a ceremony honoring RWCS Charter Members. What a great way to reconnect with your Red Wing family!

Be sure to stay around after the keynote speaker Thursday for the memorial balloon release honoring departed members of our Red Wing family. Reps at Large Jerry Erdmann and Russa Robinson will coordinate this activity and are looking for volunteers. The Red Wing High School Cafeteria staff is joining in on the celebration by providing a freshly updated lunch menu including options for kids.
The activities on Friday, July 13, will start out early. Join us to commemorate the burial of the RWCS 35th Anniversary Time Capsule. The capsule will be buried at 8:30 a.m. by the North Star Monument located near the AmericInn on Old West Main Street in Red Wing. The 35th Anniversary Committee will soon contact members and chapters for items to be included in the capsule. The 35th Anniversary Time Capsule will be opened on the 50th Anniversary.
The party continues at the Red Wing High School with an old-fashioned anniversary party!!! The high school food service staff will be cookin’ up an old-fashioned Pig-Pickin, Pork & Turkey BBQ with all the fixin’s. More details to come. An anniversary party wouldn’t be complete without a cake. Join us in the high school commons for the anniversary cake cutting ceremony.
The 35th Anniversary Celebration continues Friday night…. Join us at Red Wing’s Central Park from 5 to 9 p.m. for “CROCKFEST” – a festival for the whole family.The 35th Anniversary Committee has partnered with the Red Wing Convention & Visitors Bureau, Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce, Red Wing Downtown Main Street and the Red Wing Arts Association to bring together a festival of food, local artists, a live pottery demonstration and live bands. We’ll have special activities and games for kids including face painting and a special clay modeling area hosted by Scott Gilmer from Red Wing Pottery & Sales. Friday night has traditionally been a time for RWCS Chapter parties. The 35th Anniversary Committee would like to invite the chapters to bring your party to Central Park this year and enjoy the activities. This will be an event you won’t want to miss!!!!

Online Convention Registration Open!


The 2012 Convention will mark the 35th Anniversary of the Red Wing Collectors Society July 12-14 in Red Wing, MN.

Online Registration is now open!  – NO FEES THIS YEAR TO REGISTER ONLINE!

The RWCS Membership Committee is asking each member to fill out 3 short survey questions during online registration. So please take a few moments to answer them for each current member of your household.

The 35th Anniversary Committee is inviting you to two FREE events at the 2012 Convention and we are asking you to tell us how many members in your household will attend these two events via your registration.

Thursday, July 12, 8:00am – 35th Celebration Welcome Breakfast honoring Charter members at High School FREE to registered RWCS Members

Friday, July 13, 5:00pm – Crock Fest – A Celebration of Red Wing pottery for the whole family. Food vendors, music and fun for everyone.

More Celebration activities are in the works so keep checking the website, reading your newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Information on the RWCS Website Events Page includes:

Schedule of Events

Keep checking the website for updates and more information as Convention draws closer: education sessions, Kids View, Special Events.

Don’t forget! Register before April 1st and be in the drawing for ONE of the eighteen 2012 Special Commemoratives.

Take Action Today and SAVE!

  1. Online: (No FEE to register online)
  2. Phone: 800-977-7927 (Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm CST)
  3. Mail: PO BOX 50, Red Wing, MN, 55066 (download form)
  4. Fax: 651-388-4042 (download form)

Red Wing Collectors Converge on Des Moines, IA

Red Wing Collectors Converge on Des Moines for

7. Although damaged, this 3 gallon Elephant Ear churn still sold for $250 thanks to its upside down “Union Stoneware Co.” oval. Popular among collectors because the oval was incorrectly applied, these oddities are more often found on pieces decorated with the red wing.


DES MOINES – More than 300 Red Wing stoneware and pottery collectors got their winter fix by attending the Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) MidWinter GetTogether from Feb. 10-12 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Des Moines, Ia.

Many attendees sold Red Wing wares from their hotel rooms, arriving as early as Wednesday, Feb. 8 to buy and sell stoneware and pottery, but the event officially kicked off with a reception on the evening of Friday, Feb. 10. The theme of this year’s event was a “1920s Red Wing Speakeasy”, and many members participated by dressing in their best gangster and flapper garb.

This year’s keynote speaker was Dave Hallstrom, president of the RWCS Foundation, who discussed the exciting steps the Foundation is taking to purchase a new space for the Red Wing Pottery Museum. The Foundation is purchasing half of the Pottery Place Annex building located in Red Wing’s historic pottery district, with the Red Wing Area Seniors organization purchasing and occupying the other half. The groups are hoping to close on the property this spring; the Foundation hopes to move the museum into the new space later this year.

Also sharing in the keynote presentation was the RWCS 35th Anniversary Committee, which announced a new slate of activities for this year’s Convention. Scheduled for July 12-14 in Red Wing, Minn., the 35th Anniversary Convention will attract thousands of collectors to Red Wing for a week of educational meetings, auctions, buying, selling and fun for the whole family. A new event called “Crockfest” will headline this year’s Convention. Slated for 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 13 in Red Wing’s Central Park, the large gathering of RWCS members and local residents will include food, local artists, live music, kids’ activities and live pottery demonstrations. For more information about the RWCS 35th Anniversary Convention, visit or call 800-977-7927.

Several educational sessions followed the keynote address, including Red Wing Dinnerware mysteries and reproductions presented by Larry Roschen and Terry Moe, digging in the Red Wing Pottery Dump by Steve Showers, and digging for stoneware and bottles in old outhouse sites by Mark Wiseman.

More than a dozen kids attended the event with their parents, and they enjoyed participating in the KidsView “Pottery of the Roaring 20s” themed educational activities.

The always popular Saturday Show & Sale was followed by an independently sponsored auction, which was once again conducted by Richard and Todd Houghton of Houghton’s Auction Services of Red Wing, Minn. This year’s auction featured a wide variety of pieces for every collector’s taste, including stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery.

5. Hard to find complete with lid, this Red Wing carousel cookie jar sold for $375.

Two of the top stoneware pieces included a grayline cookie jar and a 5 gallon salt glaze leaf crock front-stamped “Red Wing Stoneware Co.” – each sold for $400. A Bob White water cooler and a “King of Tarts” cookie jar each sold for $425, and a dinnerware test glaze plate brought $260.

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. Annual membership costs only $25 and includes six full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year.

Make your plans to attend the 35th Anniversary Convent

ion in Red Wing this summer from July 12-14. 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.

3. Auction attendees had the opportunity to buy an instant collection of different-colored ashtrays made to commemorate President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s visit to Red Wing in 1960 to dedicate the Hiawatha Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River into Wisconsin. Sold individually, the green, blue, yellow, purple and red ashtrays sold for a bargain – only $140 combined.2. This 5 gallon leaf crock front-stamped “Red Wing Stoneware Company” was a good buy at $400.

Pottery on the Square Swap Meet, Monmouth, IL

Monmouth, IL

Join Us for “Pottery on the Square”

Celebrating Monmouth, Illinois’ historic tradition of creating quality stoneware and pottery is the idea behind our annual Pottery on the Square Swap Meet event on June 23rd, 2012 starting at 8:00am and running until noon, on Monmouth’s Public Square.  Activities will include a pottery and stoneware swap meet, pottery demonstration, pottery auction, and window displays of rare pottery pieces. 

The pottery/stoneware consignment auction will begin at 10:00am.  The public is welcome to bring vintage items the day of the event for the auction or can register them ahead of time and have them advertised on the auctioneer’s website  Auction fees are 10% for a sale, 3% no sale, and $5 per item or set check in fee.  Swap meet and consignment auction participants are not limited to Illinois pottery, but pottery items must be vintage. 

The pottery appraisal clinic will begin at 8:30am, where knowledgeable Illinois pottery collectors will be on hand to examine pieces of Illinois pottery brought by the public.  Rare items have been seen at the appraiser’s booth and it is exciting to see what prized item might show up.

In conjunction with the event the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce is offering to the public an opportunity to purchase a handcrafted limited-edition, bristol crock with handles and a Monmouth Pottery Company TM two men in a crock logo.  The crock stands approximately 4 inches tall and measures approximately 3 ¾ inches in diameter.  Orders are currently being taken for the Monmouth Pottery Company crock that will be available the day of the event.  The deadline for orders is May 15th, 2012, and they are priced at $28.  Shipping charges vary based on quantity.

Monmouth Pottery Company was formed on February 1, 1893.  They manufactured all kinds of stoneware and survived a few plant fires.  Monmouth Pottery Company used their name on their products in different fonts and different designs along with various logos.  Then on November 29, 1905 Monmouth Pottery Company was sold and by 1906 was merged with six other pottery companies to form Western Stoneware.

For more information on the event or the commemorative Monmouth Pottery Company crock please contact the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce at 309-734-3181 or e-mail You may also go to the tourism page of the Chamber’s website,