SNEAK PEEK -RWCS Convention Auction – Thursday, July 7

35th Annual RWCS Convention
Auction Sneak Peak
Red Wing, MN – Good things are in store for the 2011 RWCS Convention Auction Thursday, July 7 starting at 4:30pm sharp.. This year our wonderful members have submitted what I believe will be one of the best auctions ever! “Variety” best describes this year’s lineup. From the newest member to the most seasoned collector, there will have something for everyone.
Once again, salt glaze will most likely be the highlight of this year’s auction. A 30 gallon salt glaze double leaf crock is one of the most beautiful pieces in the catalog. This will be joined by a nice selection other salt glaze crocks and jugs, with a variety of decorations and side-stamps. (The butterflies are exceptional this year!)

Advertising collectors won’t be disappointed by the variety of butters, crocks, jugs, miniatures and pitchers (including an August Becker pitcher). The variety of stoneware is very, very nice this year. Water coolers, Ice Waters, lids, bean pots, grey line (TWO cookie jars!) and spittoons are all included to tempt the happy bidders.

We will have Commemoratives in the sale, consisting mostly of larger sets. I am limiting the number of individual Commemoratives to an occasional single from the first two years or a Special Commemorative.

Dinnerware collectors won’t have to wait long between offerings of sets. There should be no less than five patterns available.

We didn’t have a great deal of art pottery submitted this year, but the art pottery selection we have looks to be excellent. Expect some very nice brushware and a great Engobe figural head.

Our members are great. By bidding and purchasing items at the Thursday Auction, you support the Red Wing Collectors Society. But more importantly, you support your fellow members. Remember, this is our auction! In this tough economy, we all need to help each other as much as we can.

And don’t forget, for the first time ever, the members who are present at the end of the Auction will be entered into a drawing for a limited-edition 2011 RWCS Special Commemorative.

Who knows? If you bid early, and bid often, you might take home the 5 gallon Albany slip jug with a scratch “5” and back stamp! (I sure wouldn’t mind winning that piece!)

See you at the Auction, and thank you for your support!
-RWCS Auction Manager Todd Avery

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Show and Sale – July 9 – Sellers List

35th Annual Convention

Stirring up the Memories

July 7-9, 2011

Red Wing, MN – The RWCS releases the 2011 Show and Sale floor plan and vendor list today.

The annual Show and Sale for the 35th Annual Convention will be on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Red Wing High School, Red Wing, MN. The show opens to members at 9:00 am Sharp and FREE to the public at 10:30 am. The show will close at 1:30 pm.

With over 125 sellers Red Wing Stoneware, Dinnerware, Art Pottery, and Memorabilia Collectors are sure to find something to add to their collection.

Click Here to View Floor Plan

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July 7-9 Red Wing Collectors Society Summer Convention

July 7-9 Red Wing Collectors Society Summer Convention
Kicks Off Year-long Celebration

Red Wing, MN- The 2011 Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) Convention marks the beginning of a year dedicated to recognizing the Society’s 35th year in existence, which will culminate with next year’s RWCS Convention – the 35th annual event. Scheduled for July 7-9 in Red Wing, Minn., the theme for this year’s event is “Stirring Up the Memories”.

RWCS members have a wide variety of activities and educational seminars 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, the Potter’s Picnic open to the public at Red Wing’s Colvill Park, and the official RWCS Show & Sale at Red Wing High School that begins for members at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 10 and opens 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, self-guided tours of the RWCS Foundation Museum, and the KidsView educational program. 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 annual RWCS Brat Feed and pre-registration badge pickup will take place in the parking lot of the Red Wing Pottery and Shops, 1920 Old West Main St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. RWCS members will staff a membership tent at the Brat Feed for people seeking materials and information about joining the club and Red Wing’s KWNG 105.9 FM radio station will also be on hand, broadcasting a live remote at the tent from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

An annual commemorative will be unveiled and distributed to members beginning Thursday, July 9. 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 stoneware pig figure was well-received by the membership.

The Convention will officially kick off with a keynote presentation from Ronald C. Schirmer, Ph.D. from Minnesota State University at Mankato, an expert on ancient pottery from the Red Wing area, at 10:30 a.m. July 8 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 educational seminar topics are also on tap for Friday, July 8, including an orientation for first timers, demonstrations by a working potter from Ephraim Pottery “throwing” pieces on a wheel, Red Wing 101, recent finds from the old pottery dump, Red Wing dinnerware, Pennsylvania’s Sherwood Brothers pottery, Red Wing Saffronware and using Facebook to enhance your collecting experience. In addition, writer Ruth Nerhaugen will share her unique insight from having created the RWCS Convention Supplement for the Red Wing Republican Eagle newspaper for so many years and the RWCS Foundation will hold an info session about its the exciting news and progress.

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 of all ages 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, a new program will be held at this year’s Convention geared towards helping young Red Wing collectors ages 15 to 20 to grow their interest in Red Wing. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Red Wing, develop new friendships through peer-to-peer discussion groups and participate in hands-on activities.

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

Even kids get into the act at the RWCS Convention. The RWCS KidsView educational program has greatly enhanced the Convention experience for kids and helped them to get more interested in collecting.

With the old Minnesota Stoneware factory in the background, there’s nothing like the experience of buying and selling Red Wing stoneware and pottery during the Red Wing Collectors Society’s annual Convention Week in Red Wing, MN. Many attendees will show up as early as July 3 to begin selling and hunting for pieces to add to their collections, but the event officially begins on Thursday, July 7.



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Meathead sponsors 2011 Convention Brat Feed

2011 RWCS Convention announces MEATHEADS as BRAT FEED Sponsor


Red Wing Pottery Sales Lot as the Events NEW HOME!

Wednesday, July 6th

11:00 am to 3:00pm

Red Wing, MN – The Red Wing Collectors Society is excited to announce that Meatheads of Red Wing, MN will sponsor the Annual Convention Brat Feed and the Red Wing Pottery Sales parking lot will be the event’s new home!

Meatheads has been involved with the RWCS Convention for the past few years with the annual Convention picnic and the Brat Feed last year. The Meathead’s Brat Feed this year will include: a brat with all the fix ‘ins along with chips, water, and new this year, their awesome beans. Meatheads will also be donate a portion of their proceeds to the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation!

Special thanks to Red Wing Pottery Sales and Shops located at 1920 Old West Main Street for supporting this long time tradition of the Convention. The Brat Feed will be located at the end of the parking lot across from the North Star Monument, adjacent to the new home of Larry’s Jugs and Antiques.

"We are very excited to partner with Meatheads and Red Wing Pottery Sales and Shops to have another successful brat feed and support the RWCS Foundation!" said Stacy Wegner, executive director.

The Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation maintains the Red Wing Pottery Museum in Red Wing, Minnesota located within the former Minnesota Stoneware Company building where pottery was manufactured until Red Wing Potteries closed in 1967. In addition, they work on preservation projects, research and scholarships to students who are studying in areas of ceramic history, ceramic engineering or pottery making.

In addition, the RWCS will once again be have a Membership Tent and live radio remote with KWNG Red Wing! Come and learn about membership and register for a chance to win RWCS membership and registration for Convention.

The Brat Feed is the pre-curser to the official start of the Convention, July 7th at Red Wing High School. This 3-day event features: a Red Wing stoneware and pottery auction, education sessions, a show and sale, displays, kids programs, social events and so much more.

Convention is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC on Saturday, July 9 featuring our display room and Show and Sale with more than 150 vendors of stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

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2011 Convention Education Released

2011 RWCS Convention

Stirring Up the Memories

July 7-9, 2011

Red Wing, MN – The Red Wing Collectors Society is excited to release their 2011 Convention Education Schedule and Speaker information.

The RWCS 35th Annual Convention officially kicks off on Thursday, July 7th with the General Session featuring Keynote Dr. Ronald Schirmer from Mankato State University. He will be presenting the ancient pottery of Red Wing – its construction methods, decorations, and the roles it played in the culture.

Friday, July 8th will be Education Day at the Convention. The presentation lineup has something for every collector. Presentation topics include:

Red Wing Dump Finds
Red Wing Dinnerware Paper Products
Salt Glaze Production
Finding Red Wing through the Media
RWCS Foundation and Red Wing Pottery Museum
Treasure’s from the Dump
New Brighton, PA Pottery
Red Wing Trivia
Dinnerware Concentration
What is Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube?

A special guest speaker and late addition to the line up is Hannes Kuehn. Hannes was a molder and designer at Red Wing Pottery in the 1950’s. He will be giving a narrative presentation about his "Recollections of Working at the Pottery"

It’s not to late to Join and Attend the 2011 Convention. It’s sure to be a great memory making experience.

The RWCS Convention will be held at the Red Wing High School in Red Wing MN. To learn more about the convention – click here!

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Norm’s Auction Service – Pottery and Collectible Auction May 14th – Wadena MN


Norm’s Auction Service

Saturday, May 14th

Wadena, MN

9:00 am start

Peggy Melina is relocating we will sell the large collection of antiques and collectibles at public auction located from Wadena, MN, 2 1/2 miles west on Hwy 29 to Black’s Grove Park Road, then 1/8 mile north

Peggy Melina of Wadena, MN has been collecting 40-plus years of antiques and collectibles. You will find the very finest and unique items that will be sold anywhere. This will be an all day auction. Bring a friend as we will be running 2 rings. For information feel free to call Peggy at 218-255-1263. We will see you at this auction!

For the Red Wing Collectors Here are some photos and listing that sure will draw your interest:

1931 Redwing Pottery glazeware and brushware price listing
Red Wing dishes, Bob White, Spring Song, Grenada, Driftwood
Red Wing canisters
7-Unmarked Red Wing cookie jars
Red Wing bowls
Red Wing Crocks, pottery & misc. collectibles

For the Full Auction Bill Click Here



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RWCS Convention in 10 weeks – Hot News Here



2011 Convention – July 7-9 – “Stirring up the Memories” is in full swing. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ALREADY REGISTERED and/or ordered your 2011 Commemorative!

For those of you already planning on attending the Convention or have already order your commemorative, here are some reminders and updates.





3nd Annual Crock Hunt

Meatheads Brat Feed and Membership tent – Wednesday

Friday Night Picnic – Colvill Park, Meatheads Catering- BBQ Chicken and Ribs with all the fixin’s

Saturday Night Banquet – St. James Hotel

Commemorative Silent Auctions – including 35, 2 gallon crocks

Chapter Gift Basket Auction

35th Annual Convention Tile – Order Today!

Pre-orders numbers are recommended the RWCS will only have VERY LIMITED QUANITIES AVAILABLE FOR ONSITE SALES! To order a convention tile you must be registered to attend the Convention. No Tiles will be shipped.

If you have already registered for convention and would like to order a tile, you can either mail $28 to the office or call 800-977-7927 TODAY!

2011 Keynote Speaker Announcement!

Dr. Ronald Schirmer, Professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato will be the 2011 Convention Keynote on primitive Minnesota Pottery. The Keynote will be Thursday, July 7th at 10:30 a.m. at Red Wing High School

NEW Young Collectors Club

Do you know a collector between the ages of 15 and 20 who is interested in history, art and collecting? Then it is time to bring them to the Convention. The Young Collectors Club is the next step following Kids View to learn about Red Wing and its wares. Events Scheduled for both Thursday and Friday contact Wendy Callicoat at to learn more or check the RWCS Website for updates.

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

Take Action Today and SAVE! Orders placed after June 1st by mail or online after June 8th will be assessed a $5 late fee per commemorative.

1. Online using your membership number and password:
2. Call the office: 800-977-7927 (Business hours Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm CST)
3. Mail: PO BOX 50, Red Wing, MN, 55066 (
form attached)
4. Fax: 651-388-4042

Don’t let another exciting Convention pass you by!

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