RWCS is sponsoring an AUCTION with Houghtons Auction Service


RWCS  is sponsoring an ONLINE AUCTION with Houghtons Auction Service!
September 28-October 6, 2020
RWCS Member Submission deadline September 21, 2020!

2020 Red Wing Collectors Society  Auction Submission Form

The RWCS Auction is open to the entire membership. Every member may submit item(s) for the auction. All entries are a FIRST COME, FIRST ACCEPTED.

Items selling up to $100 will be assessed a $20 minimum commission, all other items will have a 12% commission.

RESERVE OPTION for submissions minimum value of $1,000 conditions:

  • $1,000 minimum price on reserve items
  • 12% commission on those items that sell. If Items does not hit reserve, the seller fee is $100 to the RWCS.
  • The Auction Manager can reject the reserve option if the item has a value greatly less than $1,000.

Each auction lot submission: 

  • Must submit using the ONLINE or PAPER FORM.
  • Each additional lot MUST have its own online or paper form. DO NOT PUT two lots on the same paper or online form.
  • The Auction Manager will randomly choose from ALL submissions until the auction is filled.

A limited number of RWCS Commemoratives will be allowed from 1977 to 2019, no 2020 Commemoratives will be allowed. Chapter Commemoratives can only be submitted by Chapter Presidents for the most recent year.

You have two options regarding your items.

  1. For those close to Red Wing, you may contact Stacy Wegner at the RWCS office (Tuesday – Thursday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm), via her email, to deliver items directly to Red Wing.
  2. You may keep your items in your possession after you send the submission form. If you choose this option, you must give a detailed description and numerous photos, for the auction catalog. If you choose to keep your items, you will be notified who the buyer is after the end of the auction. You will then need to make arrangements to either deliver or ship items to the buyer, at the buyer’s expense.

Once your item(s) is accepted, no substitutions, altered or otherwise not in their original form will be allowed. Multiple item lots allowed includes RWCS Commemoratives or Dinnerware Sets.

Acceptable items are American Pottery including Red Wing art pottery, stoneware, dinnerware, or Red Wing memorabilia. Modern-day reproductions are not allowed. Example: New Water Cooler Lids, etc.

Lot Numbers: The lot numbers will be assigned as items are entered. An EMAIL will notify you of the status of your submission including the lot number.

Please remember, you are sending a registration form far in advance of the Auction. Be prepared to hold your piece until you are notified that it has or has not been selected. BE CAREFUL! If your item has been confirmed for the Auction but does not show up, you will forfeit your Auction privileges for 2021.

We strive to prevent NO-SHOWS. If you are in doubt about whether or not your piece has been selected, please call the Auction Manager at 916-996-3584 or email We would rather have phone calls than no-shows.

PLEASE NOTE. Any items sent to Red Wing for the auction, WILL NOT BE INSURED for damage or theft. If you feel, that an item needs to be insured, please do so before delivering it to Red Wing.

Dave Huisman
Auction Manager
916-996-3584 PDT
Click here to access the form

Commemorative and Button Shipping Update

As soon as we have a date when we will begin packing and mailing we will update members who ordered 2020 Commemoratives and 2020 Buttons. We want to extend a big thank you to RWCS members who have volunteered to help.


RWCS Board of Directors Election Results

The RWCS election closed at midnight on June 30, 2020.
The election was uncontested and 242 electronic ballots and 3 paper ballots were cast.
The following officers were elected to the RWCS Board of Directors each for a 4-year term.
President Paul Wichert
Treasurer Dan Beck
Secretary Angela Shefveland
Education Manager David Hoffman
Commemorative Manager Bob Morawski
Auction Manager Dave Huisman
Congratulations to these board members.
The RWCS Board of Directors extends its sincere thanks to outgoing Board Member Bruce Selfridge for his tenure as Auction Manager.

RWCS June Newsletter Mailing today & NEW OFFICE HOURS

The June issue of the RWCS Newsletter is now available on the RWCS website along with the classifieds!


The paper copy is mailing today, so watch your mailboxes!






In an effort to reduce costs due to convention cancellation, beginning Monday, June 22nd through Friday, July 26th, the RWCS office will only be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The office will continue to operate remotely during this time.


Due to reduced hours, we prefer that you contact us via email or text.  Our email address is and our text number is 651-388-4004.   We will respond during our new business hours. We realize that sometimes phone calls are necessary, so the RWCS phone will be manned on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 


Members may renew their memberships and order commemoratives, coronavirus jugs, and buttons via our website. Log in with your membership number and password:


When logging into the RWCS website, you do not need to use the leading 0’s on your membership number. If you don’t know your membership number and/or password please email or text the office. Members can reset their passwords on the RWCS website, but you must provide the email address we have on record.


Commemorative, Jug, and Button Order reminder:

The commemorative will be unveiled via our website, social media, and emailed to members on Thursday, July 9th.


Members will have until Midnight on Saturday, July 11th to order their commemoratives, coronavirus jugs, and buttons.


2020 Convention Button – Available online

2020 Convention Button – $8

Members may now order the 2020 Convention Button on the RWCS website. Cost is $8.00 each, includes mailing, and members may order as many as they wish.

Thank you to the RWCS Gopher Chapter for providing the button and donating all the proceeds to the RWCS!
Get your button today!



RED WING, MN – Last night, the RWCS Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 RWCS Annual Convention scheduled for July 9-11 in Red Wing, MN.

The top priority of our organization is to ensure the safety and health of our membership and the Red Wing community that our members love so dearly. While this is difficult, the RWCS Board and membership are already looking forward to coming back strong for the 44th RWCS Convention, July 8-10, 2021.

“We really hoped that we would be able to hold Convention, but unfortunately the timing is not in our favor, and a decision had to be made,” said RWCS President Paul Wichert. “There is too much to overcome from a logistical standpoint to adhere to social distancing guidelines and keep our members safe.”

The RWCS wishes to thank all of its sponsors that committed early this year including Xcel Energy, Red Wing Brewery, Red Wing Shoes, First State Bank Red Wing, Musty Barnhart Services, Stockholm Pie Plate Café’ & General Store, Red Wing Framing & Fine Art Printing, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Red Wing, Larry’s Jugs Antique, Hanisch Bakery & Coffee Shop, Siouxland Chapter and Rowe Pottery.  Together with all the businesses that have donated door prizes and supported the RWCS, we look forward to joining together to have an extra special  Convention in 2021.

The RWCS also appreciates the strong support of its membership. Thank you to all the members who are renewing their memberships, purchasing Commemoratives and Anti-Coronavirus League mini jugs, and making cash donations to help support the RWCS.

The 2020 Convention Commemoratives are still in production at Rowe Pottery. It has long been the tradition of the RWCS that the Commemorative is unveiled on the first day of the Convention. In keeping with this tradition, we will share the Commemorative on Thursday, July 9. Please watch our website, social media, and e-mail! RWCS Members and anyone who joins the club in the coming weeks can continue to order Commemoratives and Anti-Coronavirus League mini jugs until Saturday, July 11.

Planning is already underway for the RWCS 2021 Convention which will be July 8-10 in Red Wing, MN. We look forward to seeing all the collectors! For more information contact Stacy Wegner, Executive Director, Red Wing Collectors Society at 651-388-4004 or email

Update on RWCS Convention as of May 5, 2020

Update on the RWCS 2020 Convention
May 5, 2020, from the RWCS Board of Directors

The Red Wing Collectors Society has heard from both members and non-members on the status of the 2020 RWCS Convention. The RWCS Board met this past week and agreed to continue our plans for our July Convention. 

So there is no change to our plans as detailed in the April newsletter and an email we sent to each current member in April.  Non-members, of course, didn’t receive these.  We invite them to join the RWCS so they will be in the loop rather than passing on rumors that they heard from a ‘friend of a friend’.

Local, state, and federal regulations may cause the convention to get postponed, but until you hear otherwise from this board, we continue to plan for our July convention with the expectation that it will be held.  We know that the format will change to accommodate social distancing and other regulations that may be in place at that time. 

We appreciate all the members who are supporting the RWCS during this time through renewing their memberships, purchasing commemoratives and the coronavirus jug, and continuing to register for Convention.  Special thanks to the many of our members who have made cash donations to help support the RWCS. 

If plans for the convention change, the Board will communicate that with our members via email, our website and Facebook page, and newsletter.

Stay Safe,

Paul Wichert, President
Russa Robinson, Vice President
Angela Shefveland, Secretary
Dan Beck, Treasurer
Nancy Lambert, Historian
Diana Bailey, Rep at Large
Richard Natynski, Rep at Large
Bruce Selfridge, Auction Manager
Bob Morawski, Commemorative Manager
David Hoffman, Education Manager

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 in February only gave the option for one commemorative (pick up or mail) to each primary and associate member. Note that we have since changed the online registration to only allow for mail order. Due to production delays caused by the outbreak, Rowe Pottery may not be able to finish the commemoratives in time for Convention if it’s still held. For that reason, all orders will be fulfilled by mail this year. In addition, an accessory piece will not be produced in 2020. Also, we have added a “donate to the RWCS” bucket on the Convention registration form. Please consider making a donation to the RWCS.

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


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 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 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 or log on to You can also join the RWCS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at @RWCollectors.