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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Are you looking for materials to promote the Red Wing Collectors Society at auctions, flea markets, antique shops, and other shows?

Want a chance to win free membership for a year?

Want to help your Chapter win the LITTLE BROWN JUG of MEMBERSHIP?

If you answered YES, then look no further then the RWCS Resource Page. NOW AVAILABLE are the Marketing Material Request Form and Antique Booth Ad

The RWCS Business Office has a number of materials avilable to help you promote the RWCS when you are out and about hunting for Red Wing Stoneware, Dinnerware, and Art Pottery.

  • Back issues of the RWCS Newsletter
  • Past Convention Supplements
  • NEW Membership Brochures
  • Business Card side Info Cards
  • 4×6 Antique Booth Ad

Simply download the form and choose from three sizes available, and call 800-977-7927 or email the business office. Not enough or want more of one item of another just ask and we can make a custom packet.

Materials are FREE we ask that you pay the shipping. Planning a trip to Red Wing, call ahead and you can PICK IT UP FOR FREE.

Do you have a booth, work in, or own an Antique Shop? Here is a simple way to promote the RWCS. Download these 4 inch x 6 inch, four color window ads and post it in your booth. We offer 6 versions for you to choose from. Don’t see one you like contact the Membership Coordinator and have one custom made today!

CALL TODAY 800-977-7927 or EMAIL and be prepared for your next visit to an antique mall and drop them off in the information rack.





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2008 Convention Display Winners Posted

Annual July Convention Display Winners Posted


The 2008 Display room was packed with a number of spectacular members displays from stoneware to art pottery.

Congratulations to those members who created such wonderful displays this year.

Special Thanks to Glenn Beall who has passed the management of the Display room in 2009 to his daughter Laura Beall after being elected as Education Manager for the RWCS.

For those members who are interested in display next year and your chance to win the 2009 special commemorative please watch for information in the February 2009 issue of the RWCS Newsletter.

Remember no display to small!

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Wolverine Chapter Launches Website

Wolverine Chapter now Online


The Wolverine Chapter (Michigan) launched their official website today. Their new site features all the exciting new of their chapter including commemoratives, meeting information, and chapter history.

Take a look and check out the great hard work by Char Ackerman, Bernie Banet and the other Chapter members that made this site possible.

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