Richard Spiller will offer #40 and Wing for Hands on Class and Custom order at RWCS Convention

Red Wing, MN – Richard Spiller, RWCS Convention Resident Potter, is getting into the #40 spirt with hands-on classes and items for sale. The 2016 Convention “Ruby Red Wing” will be the 40th time that Red Wing Stoneware, Dinnerware, and Art Pottery Collectors will gather in Red Wing, MN.

The Red Wing Collectors Society and local potter Richard Spiller are once again working together at the RWCS Convention. Spillers Hands on Classes are open to all Convention attendees to try create their own memorable #40 or Wing. A limited number will also be able for purchase and custom order for members as well. In addition to these large #40 and Wings that can be used as door decorations and trivets, smaller version ornaments will be available for purchase. Spiller is also working on wing earrings and tie tacks that will be ready in time for the Convention.

A resident of rural Wisconsin, Spiller was educated at Western Michigan University and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. An Emeritus Professor of Art at Eastern Carolina University, Spiller has been a practicing potter and ceramic artist for nearly 50 years. His expertise includes kiln building with firing experience from corn cob raku to Tozan Noboigama and firing to cone 10 reduction. The RWCS has partnered with Richard Spiller since 2012 offering pottery demonstrations, hands on pottery classes, and other educational opportunities.

The Red Wing Collectors Society 40th Convention is slated for July 7-9 in Red Wing, MN at Red Wing High School. The three-day event includes a members-only auction, educational seminars, pottery and stoneware Show and Sale, Displays and much more. Visit the Convention Page to learn more about events and activities.

The RWCS was founded in 1977 in Red Wing and there are more than 3,000 members worldwide. Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society costs only $35 and includes six 16-page full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. 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. You can also join the RWCS page on Facebook and follow the group on Twitter at twitter.com/RWcollectors.

Goodhue County History Center to Offer Cemetery Walking Tours During Convention #40

The Goodhue County Historical Society would like to offer a special opportunity for members at the Red Wing Collector’s Society Convention this July.  Gather up your friends or your chapter members and schedule a tour of Oakwood Cemetery!  The tour is appropriate for all age levels and would last 90 minutes.  Tours can be scheduled for July 5, 6, 7, or 10.  Tours can start as early as 8 AM or as late as 7 PM.  Alternate dates and times may be scheduled depending on staff availability.  Cost is $10 per adult and $5 for kids aged 18 or under.  A minimum of five people are preferred for tours to be scheduled.

 

The Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing has long served the area as a beautiful and peaceful final resting place for loved ones. Tour through a historic section of the cemetery and visit the graves of many notable Red Wing citizens, including Reverend Joseph Hancock and the Civil War hero A.E. Welch. Learn about Victorian mourning practices, cemetery symbolism, and more.  Along the tour, Red Wing Pottery gravestones will be pointed out.

 

Contact Dustin Heckman, Executive Director, Goodhue County Historical Society at (651) 388-6024 or via email at director@goodhistory.org.

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Settlement Vindicates Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation in Intellectual Property Dispute with Owners of Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery

Favorable settlement for not-for-profit foundation mandates no financial payout and no adjustment in behavior

 

MINNEAPOLIS, February 22, 2016—The Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation (RWCS Foundation), the not-for-profit group that operates the Pottery Museum of Red Wing (Minn.), has reached a wholly favorable settlement in its year-long intellectual property dispute with Wells Valley Enterprises Inc., owners of Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery. Under the terms of the settlement, the RWCS Foundation maintains that it has not “infringed any of Wells Valley’s claimed trademarks or committed any other wrongdoing…and has further asserted that Wells Valley’s claims are wholly without merit.” Further, the settlement makes clear that RWCS Foundation may continue to operate without any alteration of its behavior, and will not make any financial payments to Wells Valley.

 

In a dispute that focused on the city of Red Wing, Minnesota’s history as center for the production of American pottery and stoneware, Wells Valley, owner of Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery, filed a trademark infringement suit against RWCS Foundation. Wells Valley alleged that RWCS Foundation’s use of marks incorporating the term “Red Wing” and graphical marks similar to those used by Wells Valley in its production of pottery and stoneware, infringed on its intellectual property and caused market confusion.

 

The Foundation rebuked these claims, maintaining that the term “Red Wing”, the “winged logo”, and other markings were commonly used to denote pottery once produced in the City of Red Wing, were not the intellectual property of any one entity, and had been used in some form by a number of other Midwestern and Red Wing, Minn.-based pottery and stoneware producers. The RWCS Foundation further maintained that even if Wells Valley had been able to prove ownership of the name and marks in question, the company’s previous owners had acquiesced to numerous third-party uses in the past, effectively barring Wells Valley from pursuing these infringement claims.

 

“We’re very pleased that we were able to bring this matter to an appropriate and civil conclusion,” said Christopher Larus, Chair of the IP and Technology Litigation Group at Robins Kaplan LLP, who along with colleague Kristine Tietz represented RWCS Foundation pro bono in this matter. “While the protection of intellectual property rights forms the cornerstone of the American economy, RWCS Foundation did absolutely nothing wrong here, an assertion supported by the favorable settlement we were able to negotiate.”

 

“The RWCS Foundation takes immense pride in celebrating the City of Red Wing’s long history in pottery production, and we are excited to put this matter in the past and continue to move forward in cooperation with Red Wing’s wonderful pottery and stoneware community,” said David Hallstrom, President of the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation. “Our museum is a free-to-the-public, volunteer-based organization, whose mission is to preserve the artifacts of the potteries and to educate the public as to the rich history of the clay industries of Red Wing. To that end, our desire is certainly to work in cooperation, not competition with the city’s pottery producers.  We are very grateful to Chris Larus, Kristine Tietz and the entire Robins Kaplan firm for the valuable support they have given our Foundation.”

 

The case is Wells Valley Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery v. Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation, d/b/a Pottery Museum of Red Wing. A copy of the settlement agreement is available upon request.

 

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Pottery Museum of Red Wing participates in Give to the Max

This year’s annual “Give to the Max” day is November 12th and our goal for 2015 is $30,000, donate now.

We have matching funds up to 24,000 just waiting to be used! $4,000 donated by the RWCS and $20,000 from the museum board members and family. What a great opportunity to have your donation go even further!  Any person who donates $1,000 during “Give to the Max” will become a member of the Capital 300 Club.

Donations during “Give to the Max” may be made on the Pottery museum website: www.potterymuseumredwing.org, or by contacting the Pottery Museum office 651-327-2220, or on the Pottery Museum GiveMN website.

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Thank you in advance for supporting the Pottery Museum of Red Wing!

Sincerely,

Robin Wipperling
Museum Manager
Pottery Museum of Red Wing

240 Harrison Street?Red Wing, MN 55066
Phone: (651)-327-2220
Website: www.potterymuseumredwing.org

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RWCS Welcome Callicoat and Tagliapietra to organization’s Hall of Fame

Longtime RWCS Members Sue Jones Tagliapietra and Wendy Callicoat were inducted into the RWCS Hall of Fame during the Annual Business meeting Friday, July 10, 2015 at the RWCS Convention in Red Wing, MN. The two founded the KidsView educational program in 1999 and together created a program that has encouraged hundreds of children to develop an appreciation of Red Wing’s clay industry.

Wendy Callicoat – 2015

Wendy Callicoat of Seneca, Missouri, Red Wing Collectors Society Member #7961, has made significant contributions to the Red Wing Collectors Society. Wendy is hereby inducted into the Red Wing Collectors Society Hall of Fame this 10th day of July, 2015 in recognition of these lifetime achievements:

  • Joined the Red Wing Collectors Society in 1995
  • RWCS MidWinter Registration Volunteer 1996-1999
  • RWCS Convention Registration Chairperson 1996-1998
  • RWCS Convention Volunteer 1996-2015
  • RWCS Vice President 1998-2006
  • Co-Founded KidsView of Red Wing 1999
  • Co-Chaired KidsView of Red Wing 1999-2012
  • RWCS 25th Anniversary Convention Committee Member 2002
  • RWCS Newsletter Contributor
  • RWCS 35th Anniversary Convention Chairperson 2012
  • Developed and Implemented RWCS Convention Crockfest Event 2012
  • Developed and Implemented RWCS Young Collectors Club 2012-2014
  • RWCS Foundation Donor
  • Developed and Chaired RWCS Foundation Event “Wine-ing” for Red Wing 2011-2015
  • Founding Member Friends of the Pottery Museum of Red Wing 2014
  • Trails West Chapter Charter Member

Wendy Callicoat attended her first RWCS Convention the same year she became a member. She began her legacy of volunteerism shortly thereafter, impacting every task with her energy and creativity. Wendy and Sue Jones Tagliapietra co-founded KidsView of Red Wing in 1999 and together they developed a program that in time would encourage hundreds of children to develop an appreciation of the Red Wing clay industry. Every event Wendy has had a role in creating, implementing and planning, including Crockfest and “Wine-ing” for Red Wing, demonstrates her event planning expertise.

Sue Jones Tagliapietra – 2015

Sue Jones Tagliapietra of Madison, Wisconsin, Red Wing Collectors Society Member #3732, has made significant contributions to the Red Wing Collectors Society.  Sue is hereby inducted into the Red Wing Collectors Society Hall of Fame this 10th day of July, 2015 in recognition of these lifetime achievements:

  • Joined the Red Wing Collectors Society in 1988
  • RWCS Convention Volunteer for Registration and Shared Interest Groups
  • RWCS Newsletter Advisory Board 1997-2000
  • RWCS Secretary 1998-2003
  • RWCS Newsletter Contributor
  • Co-Founded KidsView of Red Wing 1999
  • Co-Chaired KidsView of Red Wing 1999-2013
  • RWCS President 2004-2009
  • Founded and Chaired MidWinter GetTogether Kids View 2007-2013
  • RWCS Foundation Board Member 2010-2013
  • RWCS Foundation Donor
  • Founding Member Friends of the Pottery Museum of Red Wing 2014
  • Wisconsin Chapter Member since 2000
  • Badger Chapter Charter Member

Sue Jones Tagliapietra has served the RWCS in many areas with her contagious enthusiasm and cheerful attitude. Her joy of  RWCS friendships carried over into her leadership skills during her tenure as President of  RWCS. Sue and Wendy Callicoat co-founded KidsView of Red Wing in 1999 and together they developed a program that in time would encourage hundreds of children to develop an appreciation of the Red Wing clay industry. Sue expanded KidsView activities to the MidWinter GetTogether in 2007. Sue’s commitment to the KidsView program, leadership of  RWCS and her positive outlook and inclusive personality have been appreciated by many.

The Red Wing Collectors Society is delighted to welcome Wendy Callicoat and Sue Jones Tagliapietra into the RWCS Hall of Fame.

2015 Convention Display Results

2015 Display Results PDF

The 2015 Convention was July 9-11 in Red Wing, MN. Once again the displays were a wonderful part of the Convention. Below are at the results as published by display chair Laura Beall in the RWCS Newsletter.

Interested in displaying next year? Please contact Laura at display@redwingcollectors.org or visit the display page to learn more.

2015 RWCS Commemorative Unveiled

Red Wing, MN – The Red Wing Wing Collectors Society releases it’s 39th Convention Commemorative today.

The 2015 Red Wing Collectors Society Commemorative is a miniature stoneware canteen. First produced in the mid 1890s during the salt glaze era, production increased in the early zinc glaze days. Vintage advertising on canteens includes local Red Wing souvenir pieces, names of liquor dealers/tavern owners, Milwaukee’s Pierron Pottery and special events.

In 2015, the RWCS produced three different versions of its commemorative. Version A is decorated with an ink-stamped RWCS ad. Version B has vintage California advertising also ink-stamped. Version C has vintage advertising from the Pierron Pottery, applied by hand.

Version A makes up 90% of total production. Nine percent are Version B and only 39 Version C pieces were made to match the 39th anniversary of the RWCS Convention.

The canteens were slip cast in a two-piece mold. All canteens have “Red Wing Collectors Society 2015” embossed on the back. There are also three marks on the canteen back where it sat on stilts in the kiln. Production was done at Rowe Pottery in Cambridge, WI.

The RWCS again produced an accessory piece that could be purchased only by members that attend Convention. The accessory piece is a leather strap for the canteen with “RWCS 2015” stamped on it.

The 2015 RWCS Special Commemorative is a stoneware shoe. Eighteen shoes were slip cast and detailed by hand. Half the shoes are cobalt; the other half was glazed with real Albany slip, not available since the 1970s. Shoes are ink-stamped on bottom. The Albany shoes were given to display winners. The cobalt shoes were used for prizes and various drawings. One of each was auctioned in the Commemorative Room during Convention.

A limited number of canteens were decorated for KidsView. The pieces were auctioned off, with proceeds going to the KidsView program.

The 2015 Commemorative is available to all primary and associate members in good standing. Commemorative must be purchased by the last day of the Convention, Saturday, July 11. New members who join before Saturday, July 11 are also eligible to purchase the 2015 Commemorative.Commemoratives can be purchased by mail through our website, coming to the RWCS Convention at Red Wing High School, or Calling 800-977-7927.

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RWCS 2015 Attendee Info

We are just a week away from the Convention and the excitement of Excursion Red Wing. I am sure many of you are already packing your bags and cars right now.

The RWCS Website and the Convention Supplement are your sources for all your Convention information. Here are the links to plan your Convention Experience:

Schedule – See the latest times and locations for all the events and activities.

Crock Hunt – Starts Friday, July 3 and runs through Saturday, July 11. Be sure to follow the list on the website to ensure a successful hunt.?? A great way to check out the City of Red Wing shops, eateries and sights. Download the form, grab the supplement, or pick one up at the sites. Every form received will be included in prize drawings.

Wednesday, July 8

  • 7:00 am RWCS Board Meeting – Pottery Place Annex (watch for signs)
  • 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Pre-registered pick up – Pottery Place Annex (watch for signs)
  • Pottery Museum of Red Wing Events
    • 6:00 pm– 9:00pm – WINE-ing for Red Wing Pottery Museum of Red Wing – 7:00 pm Live Auction

Thursday, July 9

Friday, July 10

  • Hands on Color Pottery Classes
  • Annual Business Meeting – 3:00pm
  • Crock Fest at the Goodhue County Historical Society- 5pm to 9pm
    • Open Vault Tours & Special Twins Memorabilia Display by Clyde Doepner
    • Shuttles AmericInn, Pottery Museum of Red Wing, and Goodhue County District building

    Saturday, July 11

    • Show and Sale – Saturday, concessions by Winger Volleyball
    • Banquet – Saturday Night at Mount Frontenac Golf Course– tickets still available
      • Special guest presenter Florence Graham Tabor?- 5:30 Social ?- 6:30 Dinner

    Other Convention information links:

    • Auction – Thursday, concessions by Winger Volleyball
    • Kids View – Thursday and Friday
    • Young Collectors – Thursday and Friday
    • Education – Great New sessions offered this year on Friday
    • Display – Check them out every day of the Convention – Special Display of Excursion Jugs

    Information about the City of Red Wing:

    One last reminder; don’t forget to bring your red badge holder and volunteer pin! I am looking forward to seeing all of you in Red Wing. Safe travels!

     

    Red Wing Collectors Society Secures Display of “Little Brown Jug” for its Convention

    Red Wing, MN – The Red Wing Collectors Society announces today that the University of Minnesota has granted permission to display the Little Brown Jug for the week of the 2015 Convention – July 6-12.

    The RWCS recently announced that the Convention keynote presentation by Ken Magee, author of The Little Brown Jug: The Michigan-Minnesota Football Rivalry, would be open to the public. It’s slated for Thursday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Red Wing High School.

    Magee encouraged RWCS Executive Director Stacy Wegner to reach out to Adam Clark, Director of Football Operations at the University of Minnesota to request having the Little Brown Jug on display for his keynote presentation.

    “I always thought in the back of my head it would be cool to have the jug, but never thought it would happen!” Wegner said. “Ken came through for us and working with Clark at the University of Minnesota has been easy.”

    Wegner was more than pleased to secure the jug for the keynote session. But when Clark made it clear that the University of Minnesota is eager to share it with the people of Minnesota, she asked if the Society could display the jug for the full week of the 2015 RWCS Convention. Starting Monday, July 6 through Sunday, July 12 the jug will be in Red Wing. The Pottery Museum of Red Wing will be the main viewing location, but it will be at Red Wing High School on Thursday, July 9 for Magee’s keynote address.

    “We are excited that the Red Wing Collectors Society was able to secure the ability to display the Little Brown Jug during Convention,” said Robin Wipperling, manager of the Pottery Museum of Red Wing. “Showing this iconic Red Wing stoneware jug in Red Wing is a great opportunity for the RWCS, the Pottery Museum of Red Wing and the Red Wing community as a whole.”

    Make plans to see the Red Wing Stoneware Company’s most famous jug during the Red Wing Collectors Society Convention and hear its history on Thursday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Red Wing High School, 2451 Eagle Ridge Dr., Red Wing, MN.