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

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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 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 You may also go to the tourism page of the Chamber’s website,

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RWCS launches new on-line presence on Facebook

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 or log on to

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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







To view all available issues visit the Newsletter Page.

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Sales Remain Steady at Red Wing MidWinter GetTogether

DES MOINES – Despite the rough economy, more than 350 people attended this year’s Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) MidWinter GetTogether, held Feb. 6-8 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Des Moines, Ia.

As always, there were many buyers roaming the hotel’s halls, looking for good deals and rare items. Several collectors sold stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery from their rooms and many reported that they were pleased with their sales, especially considering the recession.

Although many collectors arrived early to buy and sell Red Wing, the event officially kicked off with a reception on the evening of Friday, Feb. 6. The theme of this year’s event was “Back to the 50s”, and many members dressed up in 1950s attire for a good ole’ fashioned Red Wing “Crock Hop”.

Insurance agent and RWCS member Bob Kubes of the Musty-Barnhart Agency gave the event’s keynote presentation the following morning, discussing the right ways to insure collections of pottery and stoneware. Several educational sessions followed, including presentations by longtime pottery dump diggers Steve Showers, Dennis Nygaard and Austin Fjerestad – all of whom presented some of their recent findings. RWCS Newsletter Editor Rick Natynski shared his enthusiasm for salt glaze stoneware created by the Red Wing and Minnesota Stoneware companies in the late 1800s, Mike Orgler discussed Red Wing flower pots, and experts Larry Roschen and Terry Moe held an in-depth talk on Red Wing dinnerware. In addition, members of the RWCS Foundation Board shared recent news, including talks about fundraising and the possibility of a new Red Wing Pottery Museum in the city of Red Wing’s future.

More than 20 kids attended the event with their parents, and they all had a good time participating in the KidsView 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, Red Wing, Minn. – experts in selling Red Wing items throughout the Midwest.

The top item in this year’s auction was a 2 gallon water cooler with lid and spigot, which sold for $1400. A 40 gallon birchleaf crock brought $675 event though its molded handles were missing.

One of the top art pottery pieces was a small vase in the desirable Nokomis glaze, which crossed the block at $290. A dinnerware plate with test glaze numbers on the back sold for $80.

One of the more surprising leaders of the auction was a Ft. Dodge stoneware mug with blue bands and Cedar Rapids advertising that sold for $600. Other notable pieces included a mint 25 gallon wing crock, $275; a 4 gallon ribcage crock that was backstamped “Minnesota Stoneware Co.”, $250; and a nicely decorated 4 gallon “single P” crock, $220.

The MidWinter GetTogether is a precursor to the national RWCS Convention 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.

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 or log on to

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Available Now, MidWinter 2009 Attendee Survey

2009 MidWinter GetTogether Attendee Survey

The RWCS Business Office is conducting a survey regarding this years event using Survey Monkey.

Thank you to all the members who have already responded via email through the Survey Monkey program. The RWCS Business Office sent emails to each MidWinter attendee with an email address.

If you attended MidWinter, BUT DID NOT RECEIVE the survey email, please use the link below!

Click Here!

By filling out this 10 question survey, you will help us plan for the 2010 event, February 12-14. We look forward to receiving feedback from you soon regarding your MidWinter GetTogether experience.

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2009 Annual July Convention Information: housing, registration and more!

2009 Annual July Convention
Red Wing, MN

"Celebrating with Red Wing"

July 9-11, 2009

The 2009 Convention in Red Wing will mark the 33rd Convention. It is exciting to know that our organization continues to remain strong. This years theme is to share how you celebrate using your Red Wing Collection. Members are encourage to submit pictures of using their collections for family celebrations, holidays, special occasions, and everyday use. Please send your pictures to the RWCS Business Office at

Registration forms have been included in RWCS Members February 2009 Newsletter. On line registration will be open by the end of February.

Click Here for Pre-registration form

Auction Forms
In an effort to go green the Auction forms will be not be included in the February newsletter mailing. RWCS members who submitted pieces in 2008 will receive the form in one of the following ways:

  1. Email
  2. Mail
  3. Download today – Click Here

Questions regarding the 2009 Auction should be directed to Todd Avery, Auction Manager at

Convention Schedule
There are a number of exciting changes occurring at the 2009 Convention.

  • The Friday night picnic will be a pig roast in a new location. Watch for more information on all the exciting editions to this event!
  • The Banquet will be held at the St. James Hotel Summit Room this year.
  • For members interested in an opportunity to socialize on Saturday night, but not attend the banquet, we are planning a "So Long Mixer" in Jimmy’s Pub at the St. James Hotel.

More details on both of these events coming soon.

Click Here – Current Convention Schedule

The 2009 Display room is now accepting contracts. Laura Beall, display chair, is looking for members interested in showing their collections at MidWinter. No display is to small to be entered to win a special commemorative for Best in Show, People’s Choice, or Rare Item. If you have question contact Laura Beall today at

Click Here – For 2009 Display Contract

Housing Information
Also included in the Newsletter, Kathy Silverthorn, director, Red Wing Visitor and Convention Bureau, discussed available housing in Red Wing for the 2009 Convention. Below is the most current housing information for Hotels and Motels in the Red Wing Community.

2009 Housing Information

Members are encouraged to contact hotel directly or the Red Wing Visitor & Convention Bureau at 800-498-3444 or on line at for best available.

Visit the Convention Events page for more information!


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Newsletter Classifieds Posted for February 2009

2009 February Newsletter Issue

Classifieds available online


In 2009 the RWCS Website has launched a classified page. This new page will publish the classifieds following the official mail date of the printed newsletter.

This online service offers additional benefits to advertisers:

  • ability to post a picture of items for sale
  • direct link to your email address or website
  • open to any visitor to the RWCS website

If you are interested in advertising in a future newsletter issue please contact Rick Natynski, editor at

Contact Stacy Wegner, executive director, at if you missed the last issue but would like to post online today!

2009 Advertising Rate Information

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