NEW 2009 Convention Activities

The Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) announces the formation of the Pottery Welcome group. Several Red Wing organizations have come together to improve the RWCS Annual Convention for both members and the general public. The 2009 Convention will be July 9-11 and, in the past, has brought over 2,000 RWCS members to Red Wing each summer.

For the past 30 years, local businesses, organizations, and community members have supported the RWCS Annual Convention through donations to the Red Wing Chamber Potter’s Picnic and door prizes for the RWCS Convention Banquet. In addition, volunteers from the Visitor and Convention Bureau have staffed the info table at the high school and distributed welcome signs throughout the city.

The new Pottery Welcome Group includes representatives from the Red Wing Visitor and Convention Bureau, Red Wing Area Chamber, Downtown Mainstreet, City of Red Wing, RWCS Foundation, RWCS, Goodhue County Historical Society, and several other community leaders and RWCS members. The group has three tasks; to revitalize the Friday night social event into a new event open to both members and the public, send a welcome message to all attendees and visitors on behalf of the local businesses, and to contact Red Wing businesses and organizations for donations and support.

The Friday night social event will “Rock around the Crock” with a 50s sock hop event. The July 10 event will be open to both RWCS members and the public. This free concert will feature great music from the 50s, amazing food, and exciting activities.

In addition to “Rocking around the Crock”, members and the public are encouraged to participate in the RWCS first Crock Hunt! The Crock Hunt is a scavenger hunt of sorts within local businesses to win prizes at the Crock Hop. Details will be available in the Convention Supplement inserted in the Red Wing Republican Eagle July, 8th.

“The RWCS appreciates the donations that Red Wing businesses have given to the Convention each year. I feel that the Pottery Welcome Group efforts will make Red Wing residents and businesses feel a part of the RWCS Annual Convention as much as our members feel a part of our city. One of my goals for the Convention is to bring the Red Wing Collectors Society members and the public together for a night of fun.” said Stacy Wegner, Executive Director of the Red Wing Collectors Society.

“The creation of these new events will show the RWCS Pottery Convention attendees how much the entire Red Wing community appreciates their annual visit and will help the community learn more about the RWCS,” said Marie Mikel, Red Wing Area Chamber President.

The RWCS encourages anyone who would like to be a part of the committee or would like to make a donation to please contact Stacy Wegner, Executive Director of the RWCS at 651-388-4004 or director@redwingcollectors.org.

The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 and has more then 5,000 members nationwide that collect the Red Wing Potteries stoneware, dinnerware, and art pottery. The first Convention was held at the Goodhue County Historical Society in 1977 and is currently held at the Red Wing High School. The Annual Convention is open to all members with Saturday events including show and sale and display are open to the public. For more information or to become a member for only $25, contact the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org or call 800-977-7927.

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2009 Convention Keynote: Cathy Wurzer

RED WING, MINN – Minnesota Public Radio talk show host Cathy Wurzer has accepted invitation from the Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) to speak at its 2009 Convention scheduled for July 9-11 in Red Wing, Minn.

One of Minnesota’s premiere journalists with an extensive background in public and commercial broadcasting, Wurzer is the host of Minnesota Public Radio’s "Morning Edition". She’s also the co-host of "Almanac" – a weekly public affairs program produced byTwin Cities Public Television for Minnesota’s statewide public television network.

Wurzer authored the regional best seller Tales of the Road – Highway 61 in 2008 and hosted the public television documentary by the same name that premiered earlier this spring. The book, which features historical sites along Highway 61, includes a chapter about Red Wing Pottery and the potters themselves.

“We’re excited that Cathy will be speaking at our convention,” said Stacy Wegner, RWCS executive director. “Our members and the Goodhue County Historical Society provided a lot of help when she was researching for the book, so she’ll discuss some of the things she learned about the Potteries.”

Wurzer’s presentation will take place at 10:30 a.m. July 9 in the Hove Auditorium at Red Wing High School, 2451 Eagle Ridge Dr. in Red Wing.

The national RWCS Convention has been held every July since 1977 in Red Wing, Minn. This year’s Convention, July 9-11, will attract thousands of collectors to Red Wing for a week of educational meetings, auctions, buying, selling and fun for the whole family. While there’s usually a fee to attend all Convention activities, Wurzer’s keynote presentation will be open free to the public this year.

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.

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2nd Annual Red Wing Pottery Road Show, May 16th

2nd Annual Red Wing Road Show
Saturday May 16, Red Wing Pottery Museum
RED WING, MN – The Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) has announced it will hold their annual Red Wing Pottery Road Show this year at the Red Wing Pottery Museum.

Once again, The RWCS business office, RWCS Foundation/Red Wing Pottery Museum, Cannon Valley Red Wing Collectors Club (CVRWCC) and the businesses of the historic Pottery Place are excited to announce that the Red Wing Pottery Road Show will be Saturday, May 16th, from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“We saw such a great turnout last year that we felt that this should be an annual event. It is a great way for everyone to learn about the piece they own and more about Red Wing, Minnesota’s rich pottery history. In addition we hope that by sharing our passion for Red Wing others will consider joining our organization,” said Stacy Wegner, executive director.

Everyone is invited to bring their Red Wing Stoneware, Dinnerware or Art Pottery to the historic Pottery Place during the Red Wing Pottery Road Show to find out its value, learn about its history and have questions answered. If your piece is too big, or you’re concerned about transporting bring photos and details. No piece too small or too large. If it’s Red Wing, one of our many experts will be on hand to assist you.

This year we once again have a powerhouse of pottery experts to help the public learn about their pieces including: Larry Peterson, Dave Hallstrom, and Mike Anderson for Stoneware; Larry Roschen, Todd Hintz, and Ivy Loughborough for Dinnerware; Mary Bang, Bonnie Myers, and Nick Marson for Art Pottery. Each of these experts has more then 25 years of Red Wing Pottery experience: collecting, buying, selling, researching, and presenting. Participants are sure to go away with all their questions answered about their Red Wing.

In addition, members of the RWCS will be available for tours of the museum and Pottery Place complex, answer questions, and share their passion for Red Wing Pottery. Plus, all visitors to the event are encouraged to register to win door prizes including Collectors Starter Kit, set of Red Wing Stoneware books, by Larry Peterson, and several commemoratives. These prizes are sure to get a new collector started or enhance an existing collection.

“This event gives us the opportunity to show off the Red Wing Pottery museum to the community and share the exciting plans for the museum’s future expansion” adds Diane Hallstrom, RWCS Foundation Board Member.

Once again this year Keith Klindworth, repair specialist, will be available to share his repair knowledge and expertise. “I had the opportunity to see so many great examples of Red Wing that were in need of a little TLC last year. I felt it was important to be a part of this event again, so these pieces can share their beauty with the world again,’ said Klindworth.

The RWCS is looking for to see what new finds and discoveries will be brought to the Red Wing Pottery Road Show, May 16, 2009, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 in Red Wing, MN. The Society is dedicated to preserving the rich pottery history of Red Wing and other American pottery. There are more than 5,000 members worldwide. The Red Wing Potteries had diverse pottery lines that included stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery. For more information contact the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail membership@redwing.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org.

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Red Wing Collectors Society Joins IAntiqueOnline.com

For Immediate Release
RWCS launches new online presence with IAntiqueOnline.com

Red Wing, Minn.: The Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS), the largest collecting club dedicated to the preservation of Red Wing and other American pottery, launched a new group page on IAntiqueOnline.com.

IAntiqueOnline.com is a website community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. Like other online communities, membership is free and open to anyone. Users have the ability to post pictures, join groups and create discussion topics.

This website community is just one of the many ways the RWCS is increasing its internet presence in 2009. Other online communities that the Society has become affiliated with include Facebook and Wikipedia. The RWCS recognizes the benefits of the internet to help increase awareness of the organization, Red Wing Potteries history and membership benefits. In addition, this type of presence gives RWCS members and Red Wing collectors a chance to share their passion with others no matter their level of collecting interest.

The RWCS business office encourages its members that are interested in networking with fellow antique buyers and sellers to consider joining IAntiqueOnline.com. Below is a link to the RWCS Page:

“We hope that by increasing the online presence of the Red Wing Collectors Society, people will learn more about Red Wing, Minnesota’s rich pottery history, become aware of our organization, and consider starting a collection and joining the RWCS,” said Stacy Wegner, RWCS executive director.

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 4,500 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.

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RWCS creates a Wikipedia page for Red Wing Pottery Industry

Red Wing, Minn.: The Red Wing Collectors Society, the largest collecting club dedicated to the preservation of Red Wing and other American pottery, has started a Wikipedia page for the Red Wing Pottery Industry. The goal of this page is to share Red Wing’s rich pottery history with the world and create more interest in collecting Red Wing stoneware, dinnerware, and art pottery.

Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free content encyclopedia project. It is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world. Wikipedia is an ongoing work where anyone can contribute information to its articles at any time.
Over the past several months the RWCS Businesses Office and Laura Beall, RWCS member, have created the framework for the Red Wing Pottery Wikipedia page. In order to develop this page more rapidly, we would like to encourage members to visit the Red Wing Pottery page and add content, pictures, and references.

“We hope that the development of the Wikipedia page will extend the preservation of Red Wing’s rich pottery history into this online media and create interest for new collectors,” said Stacy Wegner, Executive Director, Red Wing Collectors Society.

Wikipedia is very easy to use whether you are a casual or experienced internet user. The editing feature has a number of tutorials and help pages to assist new contributors to Wikipedia. If members are interested in working on this project in detail, you are encouraged to contact the RWCS Business Office or start today.

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 4,500 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.

Wikipedia Page Link

Red Wing Collectors Society Wikipedia Page

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RWCS Foundation Annual Street Sale Information

RWCS Foundation

Street Sale of Convention Week

Sunday, July 5th, Rain or Shine

Once again the RWCS Foundation will hold their street sale in downtown Red Wing on Sunday, July 5th beginning at Sunrise! This event is open to the public!

Here are the details:

Date: Sunday, July 5th ~ Rain or Shine
Location: Downtown Red Wing
Time: Sunrise till about 3:30 depending on the sun and heat
Space Rental: $50 for a 20′ x 20′ street space, tables available for $10 each / Chairs $1 each
Payment information: Checks made payable to the RWCS Foundation and send to: Diane Hallstrom ~ 317 Bush Street ~ Red Wing, MN 55066
If you have questions regarding the street sale please call Diane Hallstrom at 612-247-9876 or email at diahall@redwing.net.


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Monmouth’s Pottery Celebration

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 27th, 2009 starting at 8:00am. Monmouth’s history with stoneware and pottery dates back to the 1890’s and continues today with Western Stoneware and Maple City Pottery, both of Monmouth.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. and running until noon, on Monmouth’s Public Square, activities will include a pottery and stoneware swap meet, pottery demonstration, and window displays of rare pottery pieces. A pottery/stoneware consignment auction will begin at 9:30am. 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 www.burnsauctionservice.com. Swap meet and consignment auction participants are not limited to Illinois pottery, but pottery items must be vintage.

Also returning to the event this year is the pottery appraisal clinic beginning at 8:30am, where knowledgeable Illinois pottery collectors will be on hand to examine pieces of Illinois pottery brought by the public. In 2007 a rare Macomb Pottery Duck Decoy was brought to the Appraisers Booth and it was purchased for $2,500 by a board member of the Lakeview Museum in Peoria, Illinois, for the museum’s collection of Illinois duck decoys. They have been searching for this particular decoy for over 15 years. There were only a couple dozen made and it was a perfect example.

Another rare piece, a Bardolph Pottery Pig, was brought to the appraiser’s booth that had an estimated value of $1,500 to $2,000. The individual didn’t even know it was worth that much money, and decided to keep it.

In conjunction with the event the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce is offering to the public an opportunity to purchase a handcrafted limited- edition, Western Stoneware brown pig that measures approximately 3 ¼ inches tall and 6 ¾ inches long. Western Stoneware Monmouth, IL and the maple leaf are embossed on one side with “Pottery on the Square, June 27, 2009, Monmouth, Illinois” decal on the other side. 2009 is embossed on the pig. Orders are currently being taken for the Western Stoneware pigs that will be available the day of the event. The deadline for orders is June 1st, 2009, and they are priced at $45. Shipping charges vary based on quantity.

Creating the Western Stoneware pig began with the assistance of a local artist, William DeSelms, of Pheasantry Studio, from Roseville IL. Bill carved in clay a replica of the pre-1906 Monmouth Pottery pig with Western Stoneware and the maple leaf on the side. With the hardened clay replica he constructed silicone rubber mold in which he made the casting. The casting is a two part resin compound mixed with tiny glass particles. The resin casting and the silicone rubber mold was taken to Western Stoneware. Using those pieces they commissioned the construction of the stoneware mold. The stoneware mold ended up being a complicated eight piece mold.

For more information on the event or the commemorative Western Stoneware pig please contact the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce at 309-734-3181 or e-mail maccdir@maplecity.com. You may also go to the tourism page of the Chamber’s website, www.monmouthilchamber.com.

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RWCS launches new on-line presence on Facebook

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Red Wing Collectors Society created a group and fan page on Facebook.

The Red Wing Collectors Society, the largest collecting club dedicated to the preservation of Red Wing and other American pottery, today unveiled a new group page on Facebook. The Red Wing Collectors Society Facebook group will target current RWCS members and develop new interest in the members.

Red Wing Collectors Society members and fans of other stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery collectors can become ‘fans’ of the page and receive access to valuable information, such as event information, chat with other members, and other exciting news. For more information or to become a fan or member of the Red Wing Collectors Society group, please visit:

“The Red Wing Collectors Society uses Facebook as another way for our members to communicate as well as reach out to others who may be interested in Red Wing Pottery both for it’s unique history and starting a collection,” said Stacy Wegner, Executive Director, Red Wing Collectors Society.

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 4,500 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.

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2007 issues of the RWCS Newsletter; now available for download

2007 Newsletters

PDF format now available for download!

Current RWCS members now have access to the 2007 issues of the Official RWCS Newsletter on the Newsletter tab. In 2008 the RWCS Business Office worked with a small group of members to scan, create PDF’s, and post issues from 1996 to the present.

Below are the direct links to the 2007 issues

February

April

June

August

October

December

To view all available issues visit the Newsletter Page.

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