RED WING, MN – Hundreds of stoneware and pottery collectors will converge upon the Olympia Resort & Conference Center in Oconomowoc, Wis. next month for the Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) MidWinter GetTogether. Scheduled for Feb. 5-7, this will be the second year that the event is held in Wisconsin.

The Red Wing Collectors Society is made up of more than 4,000 members worldwide who collect stoneware crocks, jugs, churns, dinnerware and art pottery manufactured in Red Wing from the 1880s to 1960s. The February event helps tie collectors over until the next RWCS National Convention in Red Wing in July. Both events serve as great opportunities for members to connect over Red Wing and learn about the history of the potteries that once operated in Red Wing, their diverse production lines and the impact they had on the American pottery industry.

As with any large antique event, the opportunity to buy and sell is top of mind for collectors and dealers. In this case, the RWCS MidWinter GetTogether never disappoints. Many attendees will prop open their doors and sell Red Wing wares from their hotel rooms during the weekend – some starting as early as the night of Wednesday, Feb. 3. A formal Show & Sale will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 followed by an auction at 5 p.m. – both of which are open to the public. Auction proceeds will benefit the Pottery Museum of Red Wing and more information can be found at or the classifieds section at Whether you’re new to collecting Red Wing or an experienced collector, anyone and everyone is invited to attend this fun event and find a new piece for their collection.

The MidWinter GetTogether includes a number of other organized activities. The theme of this year’s event is “Crocktoberfest”. A German-themed reception featuring food, prizes and fun will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. Attendees are welcome to wear lederhosen and other traditional German attire.

Education is also a major focus of the event. Highlighting this year will be a keynote presentation from Wisconsin stoneware collector Peter Maas. A lifelong Milwaukee-area resident, Maas has collected and researched Wisconsin bottles and stoneware for more than 40 years. He’ll discuss and share photos of pieces from a dozen different stoneware/earthenware factories that operated in southern Wisconsin from the 1840s until the 1870s.

In the breakout sessions that follow, RWCS Hall of Fame members Larry Roschen and Terry Moe will present on the Ebb Tide and Ceramastone lines, which were last dinnerware patterns produced by Red Wing. RWCS Newsletter editor Rick Natynski will share his excitement for Red Wing salt glaze, showing pictures of crocks, jugs, churns and water coolers with decorations ranging from the most common to the rarest and most desirable.

In “Social Media, Red Wing and You”, RWCS members Laura Beall and Yoshi Hoffman will cover all the ways the Internet and social media can be used in collecting to keep in touch with friends, find information, discuss your finds and connect with other collectors. Many different platforms will be covered, including Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Come armed with questions, and they’ll answer them! The RWCS Foundation Board will also hold a Q & A session to answer questions about Pottery Museum of Red Wing news and other future projects.

In addition, RWCS KidsView education program chairperson Linda Wipperling will keep with the German theme and feature activities that will teach younger collectors about Red Wing’s first commercial potter, German immigrant John Paul. Participants will even get to create their own personalized root beer mug.

All activities will be held at the Olympia Resort & Conference Center, 1350 Royal Mile Rd. in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, which is off I-94 just 30 minutes west of Milwaukee. Visit to register or learn more about the MidWinter GetTogether.

Feb. 5-6 will be a fun weekend for antique lovers in Southeastern Wisconsin, because in addition to the Red Wing event, the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association will hold its 42nd Annual Winter Show at the Waukesha County Expo Center Forum Building in Waukesha, WI – only 15 miles away from the Olympia Resort. For more information about that event, visit

The 40th annual Red Wing Collectors Society Summer Convention is slated for July 7-9 in Red Wing, MN. 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. The RWCS was founded in 1977 in Red Wing and there are more than 4,000 members worldwide. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail or log on to You can also join the RWCS on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at

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:, or by contacting the Pottery Museum office 651-327-2220, or on the Pottery Museum GiveMN website.

Check us out on Facebook for updates during that day.

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


Robin Wipperling
Museum Manager
Pottery Museum of Red Wing

240 Harrison Street?Red Wing, MN 55066
Phone: (651)-327-2220

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HELP PROMOTE MIDWINTER 2016 – Crocktoberfest!

Red Wing Collectors Society Members promote MidWinter 2016!

The RWCS needs your help! Take a few moments to share our MidWinter GetTogether during your travels between now and MidWinter February 4-7 in Oconomowoc, WI.

If you are going to be within 300 miles of Oconomowoc, WI (halfway between Milwaukee and Madison Wisconsin on I 94) download today and help spread the word!

PDF – letter size
JPEG – for social media, websites, printed materials

So when you are planning your next antique adventure, please take the RWCS along with you.

  • Antique Shops
  • Auctions
  • Indoor Flea Markets
  • Antique Shows

In addition to these consider requesting some RWCS Membership Brochures from the RWCS Business Office. The office can even mail you the MidWinter poster too!

RWCS business office at can be reached at or 800-977-7927.

MidWinter 2016 Registration Open!

Registration for the 2016 MidWinter is now OPEN!

Join your fellow Collectors at MidWinter!

The MidWinter “Crocktoberfest” registration is now open!

As you will read in your October issue we have all things Oktobefest this year at MidWinter. Along with a new theme we are adding booth space to MidWinter Show and Sale, looking at moving some things around on site, and having an official drinking mug in true German style a Stein!


What would MidWinter Crocktoberfest be with your own Stein to Ein Prosit your weekend with you fellow collectors! As you can see the design will include the original Red Wing Bratwursthaus stein from the ad above!

$15 pre-order
$18 limited number on site

Register today!

  1. Online
  2. Paper form in your October issue or download
  3. Call 800-977-7927

We ook forward to seeing you all in Oconomowoc, WI. To keep up on the event or learn more about MidWinter Check out MidWinter Page on our website!

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 or visit the display page to learn more.

Mailed Commemorative Update

I wanted to let you know that we haven’t forgotten that we owe you commemoratives.  Our potter experienced some production issues on the last run and had to remake some commemoratives to meet the “mail delivered” requirements.  We thought all was set to ship last week and hit another delay.  Just over half of the “mail delivered” commemoratives were shipped on September 1st and 2nd. Due to packaging issues the remainder are scheduled to ship on September 8.

I apologize for this unforseen delay. It seems that pottery making can still a bit more art than science.   Please allow until September 14 for pieces to arrive. Enjoy the holiday!

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!


    Monmouth, IL Pottery on the Square Swap Meet scheduled

    Join Us for “Pottery on the Square”

    You are invited to the annual Pottery on the Square Swap Meet in Monmouth, Illinois that is scheduled for June 27th, 2015 starting at 8:00am and running until noon, on Monmouth’s Public Square.  Activities will include a pottery and stoneware swap meet and a pottery appraisal clinic.  The appraisal clinic will begin at 8:30am, where knowledgeable Illinois pottery collectors will be on hand to examine pieces of Illinois pottery brought by the public.  Rare items have been seen at the appraiser’s booth and it is exciting to see what prized item might show up. This event also provides a learning opportunity for the aspiring collector.

    In conjunction with the event the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce is offering to the public an opportunity to purchase a handcrafted limited-edition, bristol jug with a bail handle and a Monmouth Pottery Company TM logo.  The jug stands approximately 5 3/4 inches tall (not including bail handle) and 4 3/8 inches in diameter.  Place your order now for the jugs that will be available the day of the event.  They are priced at $35 and shipping charges vary based on quantity ordered.

    Monmouth Pottery Company was formed on February 1, 1893.  They manufactured all kinds of stoneware and survived a few plant fires.  Monmouth Pottery Company used their name on their products in different fonts and different designs along with various logos.  Then on November 29, 1905 Monmouth Pottery Company was sold and by 1906 was merged with six other pottery companies to form Western Stoneware.

    For more information on the event or the Monmouth Pottery Company jug please contact the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce at 309-734-3181 or e-mail You may also go to the “Pottery on the Square” page of the Chamber’s website for information and photos from last year’s event,