MidWinter 2009 Announcements

MidWinter GetTogether

Back to the 50s
February 6-8, 2009

Hey all you guys and gals we are just a few weeks away
until we’re Rockin’ Around the Crock!

The Crock Hop is Friday, February 6th, 7:00 p.m. The juke box will be spinning Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Richie Valens and many more. It is hard to believe that it has been 50 years since that fateful night in Iowa that changed American music for ever.

We hope that all you hip cats are ready to make memories at the Crock Hop!

Here’s some tips to be hip for the Crock Hop!

· Leather Jackets
· Rolled up Jeans
· Cigarettes rolled in the Sleeve
· Letterman Jacket (don’t have yours borrow one from a current student)
· Rolled crop pants and blouse
· Scarf around the neck
· Plan white tennis shoes & bobbie socks
· Ribbon in the hair

A few other reminders before you hit the road:
– Recycle:
please bring your used plastic badge holders
– Volunteers needed
in registration, contact Katie
– Volunteers
don’t forget to wear your pins!

Use the links below and
VISIT the RWCS WEBSITE TODAY to learn more:

SEMINARS and SPEAKERS: Added Session: Red Wing Flower Pots
SHOW AND SALE: Vendor Update: List and Floor Plan available
EVENT PAGE:schedule, auction information, Kids View

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MIDWINTER 2009 Sellers Tables SOLD OUT!

MidWinter GetTogether

Back to the 50s
February 6-8, 2009



The RWCS Business Office and Show and Sale Managers Pete and Cindy May are excited to report that Show and Sale for the 2009 MidWinter GetTogether, on Saturday, February 7, 2009 is Sold Out for a second year in a row.

The ballroom at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Des Moines, IA will be packed wall to wall with something for every collector. Sellers will have Red Wing and other American stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery wares for sale.

Come and see what you can add to your collection.

Register today!

Call: 800-977-7927 or log on to the RWCS Site!

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Monmouth Pottery Pig Released by Western Stoneware

Western Stoneware recreated the Monmouth Pottery Pig!
In 1906 Monmouth Pottery was one of the companies that merged into Western Stoneware. One of the items Monmouth Pottery is remembered for is the Monmouth Pig. Western Stoneware has recreated this 100 year old piece with the Western Stoneware name in partnership with the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce.
The project began with the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce acquiring the assistance of a local artist, William DeSelms, of Pheasantry Studio, from the village of Roseville IL. Bill carved in clay a replica of the Monmouth Pottery pig with Western Stoneware name and the maple leaf on the side. With the hardened clay replica he constructed a silicone rubber mold in which he made a 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 the resin casting and the silicone rubber mold they commissioned the construction of the stoneware mold. The stoneware mold ended up being a complicated eight piece mold.
The Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to bring back history with the WSCo stoneware pig. Orders are being taken for the first production piece that will be a bristol with cobalt blue sponge pig made exclusively for the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce. The pig will be approximately 3 ¼ inches tall and 6 ¾ inches long and will be embossed with the year 2009. Orders are being accepted until February 1st, 2009 and the WS pigs will be available in February 2009. They are $75 each and shipping is $10 for one, $15 for 2 and $20 for 3-6. If you would like to order one as a Christmas gift, a card can be returned to give the recipient alerting them that the Western Stoneware pig has been ordered for them and will be available in February. Contact the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce with any questions or to place your order 309-734-3181 or maccdir@maplecity.com .

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MidWinter 2009 Education Available

MidWinter GetTogether

Back to the 50s
February 6-8, 2009


Education Seminar Speaker topics are now available with something for every collectors. Topics include:

  • Latest Finds in the Dump
  • Intro to Collecting Dinnerware
  • Iowa Stoneware
  • RWCS Foundation Update
  • Stoneware

The 2009 MidWinter Keynote is RWCS Member and long time collector Bob Kubes. Bob is the RWCS Insurance Representative from the Musty Barnhart Agency and he is going to be discussing securing your collection and making sure you are covered in the event of a emergency.

We are still looking for interested speakers in Art Pottery. If you are interesting is hold a Round Table discussion please contact Glenn Beall, Education Manager at education@redwingcollectors.org today!

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MidWinter 2009 Registration OPEN



Attention RWCS Members it’s that time of the year to make the trip to Des Moines and come to MidWinter.

Online Registration is OPEN, SAVE the Society some cash and you the stamp register via the website it is quick an easy. Not sure how to get online, call the office at 800-977-7927 and we are happy to help or take your registration over the phone.

Don’t miss out on the Crock Hop!

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2008 July Convention Education Session Videos Available


2008 July Convention Education Videos

Available to all current members of the RWCS are the latest editions to the RWCS Video Lending Library Convention Education Sessions.

The following are the new sessions available on DVD for FREE to all RWCS members.

Ebb Tide – Last Red Wing Production Dinnerware
Dennis Cayler
This session is presented by long time dinnerware collector Dennis Cayler. The last production dinnerware that was designed by the great Charles Murphy, Ebb Tide survives as a legacy to his design genius. This hands-on seminar will present information about the pattern, the designer, and those who actually made and painted the plates. Hear what the people making the dinnerware sets had to say about it, and see every single piece in the pattern all in the same room. This is a ‘must-attend’ seminar for those who collect or admire any of the Red Wing dinnerware patterns.

Red Wing Advertising Mugs
Chris Osterholz
Tavern and drinking mugs. So many different companies produced numerous shapes and sizes. What set the Red Wing stiles apart from the rest? In this seminar, we will examine the different types of mugs that Red Wing produced and many of the different examples of mug advertising sold. This seminar will show some of the rarest of the Red Wing mugs, and lest the collector become more familiar with what makes a mug, a Red Wing mug.

The Pottery District – Then and Now
Leanne Knott, GIS Specials for the City of Red Wing
Red Wing potteries history has mostly been told through collectibles and personal narratives, but maps and old air photos also have a story to share. City of Red Wing Geographic Information Systems Specialist Leanne Knott will present information gathered from both the Goodhue County Land Survey/GIS offices and from the Goodhue County History Center on site locations relating to the historic Red Wing Pottery industry.

Recent Finds and Discoveries in the RW Dump
Dennis Nygaard and Austin Fjerestad
This dump session focuses on very early Red Wing. The show and discuss new forms, lids, pots and early stoneware. In addition they will talk about the new decorations, colors, luggage handles, pedal lids, dome lids, flower pots and so much more. Learn about the early Red Wing not covered in books.

Keynote Presentation:
Pottery Park: Parks, History, Partnerships a Red Wing Tradition.
Brian Peterson will be discussion the history of the Red Wing Park System and the partnerships that create these wonderful assets of Red Wing. He will discuss the unique relationship forming with the new Pottery Park with the Red Wing Collectors Society, the RWCS Foundation, Rotary Club and other community partner to keep our history through parks alive. In addition he will give a visionary view of the future of Pottery Park and the Levee Road area. He sees that Pottery Park will be the beginning of the development of the new Riverfront Redevelopment plan for the Upper Harbor of Red Wing.

Contact the RWCS Business office at membership@redwingcollectors.org or 800-977-7927. These sessions are available FREE to members we just ask that you pay the shipping to return them to the office.

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2008 Convention Auction Prices Realized

Available NOW!

2008 Annual Convention Auction

Prices Realized

The 2008 Convention Auction was once again one of the many highlights of the event. The auction total was $128,550 with several pieces on the block with great action.

Click Here to download the results

Special thanks to outgoing Auction Manager, Jeff Floyd for his years of service at Auction Manager for the RWCS July Convention. We apprieciate all your dedication of time and effort to plan, organize, and manage the Auction.

The RWCS would like to take this opportunity to welcome newly elected Auction Manager, Todd Avery, of Red Wing, MN. If you are interested in volunteering to support the 2009 Auction please email him at auction@redwingcollectors.org.


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2009 MIDWINTER Information Now Available!

MidWinter GetTogether

Back to the 50s
February 6-8, 2009

Hey, RWCS Members, it’s time to hit the road with your true love and head to Des Moines, February 6-8, 2009. MidWinter is Going Back to the 50s, so get out those bobby socks, saddle shoes, letterman sweaters and poodle skirts because we are going to twist the weekend away!

When: February 6, 7, 8, 2009

Where: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
4800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, Iowa

2009 Housing Form Now available!

The October 2009 issue is on the way and online registration will be open soon. Need a sellers contract or would like to download and mail the form they are NOW AVAILABLE!
Registration Form
Seller Table Contract

The RWCS Business Office is looking for some cool guys and gals to volunteer at MidWinter contact us membership@redwingcollectors.org or 800-977-7927.

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RWCS Foundation Fall Auction Canceled

Diane Hallstrom, RWCS Foundation Board Member, announces that the fall fundraiser auction of the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation is canceled for this year.

The RWCS Foundation felt that they did not have a sufficient number of items for the auction. The Board of Directors felt that it was very important to make it a good experience for all; especially our first one.

"We have canceled for this year, but are still looking for additional items and are planning to hold an auction in the fall of 2009." said Diane Hallstrom.

The planned facility for the fundraising auction, Grandpa’s Garage in Cannon Falls, was very understanding of the desire to have more pieces for our auction. They have graciously offered to extend the use of the facility again in 2009 for the same price of ~No Charge!~

"We really appreciated the support of Grandpa’s Garage and are looking forward to having our auction in 2009." said Hallstrom.

Questions regarding the auction or interested in making a donation contact Diane Hallstrom at diahall@redwing.net

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