Red Wing Collectors Society Convention review

Twice-Signed 5 Gallon Double-Handled Albany Slip Jug Brings

$8,900 at Red Wing Collectors Society Auction

Red Wing, MN― A 5 gallon Red Wing double-handled Albany slip jug drew the highest bid at this year’s Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) Auction. Thanks to its excellent condition and the fact that it was signed both on a handle and on the side, it sold for an impressive $8,900.

Despite concerns in the economy, the RWCS Convention brought nearly 1,700 visitors to the city of Red Wing from July 8-11 to buy, sell and learn more about the lines of Red Wing stoneware, art pottery and dinnerware.

Other items of interest in this year’s auction, which was operated by Houghton’s Auction Service, included a 2 gallon North Star salt glaze water cooler with an upturned leaf, $7,000; a 5 gallon Red Wing salt glaze double leaf water cooler with hairlines, $6,000; 2 gallon Ice Water cooler with wing on front and ski oval on back, $4,500; 3 gallon Nebraska advertising crock, $1,250; and two all white August Becker cherryband pitchers brought $1,525 and $2,000, respectively.

A #152 brushedware jardinière sold for $650, a brushedware lamp hit $625, a #1147 Engobe figurine brought $450 and a M3015 Charles Murphy 20-inch vase was a good buy at $220. The surprise of the auction was a hard-to-find Saffronware teapot with spout chips that crossed the block at $1,650.An assortment of Mediterrania dinnerware brought $575 and a set of 26 RWCS Commemoratives from 1977 through 2002 sold for $5,300. The auction, which had nearly 250 items, brought $125,454 in total sales.
RWCS members had a wide variety of activities to attend during Convention including a narrated tour of the historical sites around the city of Red Wing, tours of the RWCS Foundation Museum and a special display room where members showed rare items and created their own unique displays for the education and enjoyment of attendees. Other events throughout the week included the annual business meeting, the Potter’s Picnic – a pig roast at Red Wing’s Central Park, and the always anticipated Saturday Show and Sale. Members also bought and sold items throughout the week in the parking lot at Pottery Place Mall, and 175 volunteers helped make this year’s Convention a success.

Educational seminar topics consisted of orientation for first timers, demonstrations from a working potter “throwing” pieces on a wheel, Red Wing 101, recent finds from the old pottery dump, Red Wing Saffronware, salt glaze stoneware, the Red Wing Potteries Ledger and an extensive overview on Red Wing dinnerware.

The year’s commemorative, which could be purchased by Society members only, was a miniature bean pot. For the first time in the club’s history, two limited-edition commemoratives were also produced – miniature bean pots with advertising from Wisconsin and Iowa. These were mixed in with the regular commemoratives and all commemoratives were packaged in sealed boxes, so a small number of members were fortunate enough to get one.

Topping the news from the meeting was the RWCS Golden State Chapter’s presentation of a check for $3,300.50 to RWCS Board of Directors president Sue Jones Tagliapietra for the KidsView educational program, which celebrated its 10th year at this year’s Convention. Chapter members held an auction at their last meeting in California to raise funds specifically for the program, which is geared toward encouraging a younger generation to collect Red Wing stoneware and pottery.

“Once again, the Golden State Red Wing Chapter members came through with a great donation that will allow us to enhance educational experiences for the kids,” said Tagliapietra. “We were very pleased by their commitment to KidsView.”

The Society is on the leading edge of creating engaging and educational ways to get younger generations involved in collecting. The focus on these RWCS members is an important part of the Society’s vision 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 craft projects.

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


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2009 RWCS Convention Survey Link Still Available


We need your feedback!

Thank you for attending the 2009 RWCS Convention in Red Wing, MN, July 9-11.
The RWCS Business Office is conducting a survey regarding this year’s event. By filling out this survey, you will help us plan for the 2010 event, July 8-10.


The responses are received by Survey Monkey and anonymous. If more than one person in your household attended the Convention, we request that each individual fill out the survey.

Please let your fellow members who attended the Convention know about this survey.

Thanks for your participation!

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RWCS 2009 Commemorative Unveiled

2009 RWCS Commemorative


Commemorative Manager Bob Morawski unveiled the 2009 RWCS Commemorative at Red Wing High School, Thursday, July 9th.

The Convention theme "Celebrating with Red Wing" was a special feature of the 2009 Commemorative. All three versions have Christmas Advertising included on the miniature reproduction bean pot. They RWCS produces enough commemoratives each year so that all of the more than 4,000 members have an opportunity to purchase one. For the first time there are three versions of the regular commemorative (shown in the picture above). Members select their version at random.

Version A: Compliments of the Red Wing Collectors Society
Version B: Merry Christmas from E.E. Bratz Hardware, Weyauwega, Wis
Version C: 1938 Season Greetings Holstein Produce & Hatchery, Holstein, Iowa

The RWCS also makes a Special Commemorative each year. The 2009 Special Commemorative is a miniature reproduction of the Red Wing Stoneware Christmas Tree Stand.

The commemorative is still available for purchase by RWCS Members at the 2009 Convention until Saturday, July 11 at Red Wing High School , Anyone can join, register and purchase the RWCS Commemorative before the end of the Convention.

When the Convention is over no more commemoratives will be sold!

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2009 RWCS Convention Crock Hunt

2009 RWCS Convention


Get your Ballot in the Convention Supplement included in the Wednesday, July 8 Repubican Eagle or in your Attendee Packet!

The Crock Hunt begins on Wednesday, July 8th. Both Red Wing Collectors Society Member and non members are eligible to participate in the 2009 RWCS Convention Crock Hunt. Participants must locate each display pictured site during regular business hours to match the business logo and photo. Participants must obtain an employee initials (or other mark chosen by the site) from each site.
Winners drawn will have their forms checked to insure that answers are correct before a prize is awarded. Winners do not need to be present to win. Completed forms must be brought to Central Park Band Shell by 6:00pm on Friday, July 10 to be included for prize drawing(s).
Participating businesses must feature at least one piece of old or new Red Wing pottery in their picture. The business logo will not be included in the picture. Both the photo and business logo will be printed at random on the Crock Hunt form published in the Convention Supplement and Attendee Packet.
The display must be set up by Tuesday, July 7 before the crock hunt begins on Wednesday, July 8th. They may choose to have additional drawings or prizes associated with their crock hunt site.

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Goodhue County Historical Society access during Convention

Road Construction Detour Information

Goodhue County Historical Society

Will be open during Convention!

The Goodhue County Historical Society (GCHS) will have access during the College Ave. road construction this summer. If you are planning to visit the historical society during Convention Week please make sure you have directions:

Just as you are coming into downtown, turn right on West Avenue (a one-way going up the hill). West Ave takes you past the post office and many of Red Wing’s historic churches.  Turn right on Fourth Street.  Go nine blocks and turn left on Washington Street (just past Fairview Red Wing Professional and Community Center).  Go two blocks and turn left on Sixth Street.  Follow Sixth Street up the hill and past the Red Wing Golf Club.  The road curves to the left and turns into Williams Ave.   The History Center is straight ahead, a large red brick building.   The parking lot is on the left before the History Center.  

Visit the GCHS website for directions and maps by clicking here!

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NEW Convention 2009 Information Now Available!

2009 Convention Information

July 9-11, 2009

Red Wing, MN

The RWCS Newsletter has hit the streets with all the Convention news, exciting auctions, and other information. So you can plan your Convention events in advance here is the latest information on Education Sessions, Kids View, Show and Sale, and so much more!

Schedule Grid : Find out who is speaking and when on Friday, July 10
Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios : Learn more about speakers and topics

Kids View: Tenth Anniversary – Brought to you by the number 10: Check out the exciting events for the children at convention. They are celebrating 10 years of educating our young members.

Show and Sale Floor Plan : Over 150 sellers have contracted for tables at the Convention this year. You are sure to find something for your collection. Open to registered members at 9:00 a.m. sharp! The public is welcome at 10:30 a.m.

For those coming early to convention we have a number of events going on in the Community you don’t want to miss!

4th of July Central Park Band Shell – Celebrate the 4th of July and Grand Opening of the new band shell in Central Park located between East and West Avenue. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the park there will be music, food, and fun for everyone.

Schedule of events is as follows:
3:30 pm Welcome, Mayor John Howe
3:45 pm Hits from Fiddle on the Roof presented by The Phoenix Theatre
5:00 pm Rosanne Cash Duo
6:45 pm Roomful of Blues
8:45 pm Sheldon Theatre Brass Band

Click here to learn more!

Cinema under the Stars: Following the 4th of July fireworks there will be a free showing of Independence Day (rated PG-13) in Bay Point Park. Click here to learn more.

RWCS Foundation Street Sale: On Sunday, July 5th, Downtown Red Wing is the annual street sale featuring many dealers selling antiques.

Concerts in the Park: On Wednesday, July 8 the Red Wing Arts Association will kick off their FREE summer concert series in Central Park at the New Band Shell. Performing during Convention Week is "Generation II Big Band." Step back and come and hear this great music performance beginning at 7:00 pm. Click here to learn more.

Don’t forget about those auctions advertised in the newsletter. Click here to learn more.

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Auction Acceptance Letters Have Been Sent

2009 Convention Auction Letters

Have Been Sent

Members who submitted for the 2009 Auction Lottery will be receiving their notification of acceptance and auction number by email or mail this weekend.

Todd Avery, auction manager, wishes to thank everyone for their patience as he prepares for the 2009 Convention.

If you do not receive a letter or email by June 19, Todd requests that you email or call him to confirm the status of your submission.

We look forward to another exciting Members Only Auction on Thursday, July 9!

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RWCS Foundation Board meeting announced

RWCS Foundation

Convention Board Meeting

Monday, July 6th

All RWCS members are invited to attend the RWCS Foundation Board Meeting that will be held during the Convention.

Where: Community Development Building
              419 Bush Street

When: Monday, July 6

Time: 6 p.m.

For more information please contact Ron Linde, president, via email



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