8 Gallon Blue-Banded Crock Scores $4,200 at RWCS Convention Auction

Red Wing, MN? An 8 gallon Red Wing blue-banded pantry jar was the top item in this year’s Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) Convention Auction on July 11. Thanks to its good condition and the fact that the 8 gallon size is quite hard to find, it drew an impressive $4,200 gavel price.

The RWCS celebrated its 36th Anniversary at this year’s Convention, which brought nearly 1,500 visitors to the city of Red Wing from July 10-13 to buy, sell and learn more about the lines of Red Wing stoneware, art pottery and dinnerware. This year’s event was sponsored by Red Wing Stoneware, Red Wing Pottery, Larry’s Jugs Antiques and Treasure Island Casino.

Other items of interest in this year’s auction, which was operated by Houghton’s Auction Service, included a 2 gallon Elephant Ear Ice Water cooler (hairline), $2,100; 2 gallon “Geno Mfg. Co.” advertising water cooler (mint), $2,100; Red Wing Gray Line cake stand (cracked), $1,300; and a 20 gallon butterfly crock back-stamped “Red Wing
Stoneware Company” (mint), $1,050.

For notable art pottery items, a hard-to-find Red Wing Cleveland Brushed Ware vase sold for $1,200 and a pair of M3014 Decorator Line vases sold for $200 and $325, respectively. A 6.75-inch tall Nokomis glaze elephant sold for $450.

Top dinnerware lots included a large grouping of Town & Country dinnerware for $350 and a 31-piece lot of Ernest Sohn Butter Mold dinnerware for $325. The auction, which consisted of about 190 items, brought more than $58,000 in total sales.

Events throughout the week included the annual business meeting, a “Crock Hunt” scavenger hunt around the historic Mississippi River town, and the always anticipated Saturday Show & Sale. There was also a special display room at Red Wing High School, where members created their own unique displays for the education and enjoyment of attendees, combined with some fun and creative competition. Members bought and sold items throughout the week in the parking lot at Pottery Place Mall. About 200 volunteers helped make this year’s Convention a success. RWCS Members Dennis Nygaard, Steve Showers, Paul Boudin and Connie Mathison officially kicked off the Convention on July 11 with a keynote presentation on digging in the Red Wing Pottery Dump. The Goodhue County Historical Society Museum also got into the act by opening its vault of archives to RWCS members during the week.

To increase funds and support for its new museum space, the RWCS Foundation held “Wine-ing for Red Wing” – an event that featured food and beverages, silent and live auctions and live music by musician Karl Burke. The RWCS Foundation is in the process of renovating the north half of the Pottery Place Annex building to house the new Red Wing Pottery Museum, which is scheduled to open during next year’s RWCS Convention on July 9, 2014. The RWCS Foundation took in more than $30,000 in donations over the course of the week.

The year’s commemorative, which could be purchased only by RWCS members, was a Red Wing stoneware Bulldog figure. Two limited-edition commemoratives were also produced. These were mixed in with the regular commemoratives and all  commemoratives were packaged in sealed boxes, so a small number of members were fortunate enough to get one. Of all the Commemorative Bulldogs that were made, 90 percent were brown, 9 percent were white and black and 37 were two-toned tan. RWCS Commemorative Manager Bob Morawski also had several special items made that were auctioned off to benefit the Society.

Attendees had a good selection of topics to learn about during the educational sessions held on July 12, including an orientation for first timers, Red Wing zinc glaze, Red Wing 101, recent finds from the old pottery dump, Red Wing dinnerware, history of the villages surrounding the Goodhue County clay pits, Red Wing bowls and creating the 2013 RWCS Commemorative. Local potter Richard Spiller and Finnish potter Aba Luostarinen held hands-on pottery classes for adults, and the RWCS Foundation held an info session on all the news surrounding the future Red Wing Pottery Museum. In addition, the 2nd annual Crock Fest celebration featuring food vendors and music by The Crusiers was held at Red Wing’s Central Park later that day. It was sponsored by Maple City Pottery.

Another unique aspect of the RWCS Convention was the participation of the younger generation through the KidsView program. The Society is on the leading edge of creating engaging and educational ways to get the younger generations involved in collecting. The focus on these RWCS members is an important part of the vision of the Society to ensure its continued existence and growth. Many interactive and challenging activities and seminars were offered for children of all ages, such as learning how to bid at an auction, what to look for in an antique, and several hands-on pottery creation projects. KidsView Co-Chairs Sue Tagliapetra and Aarika Floyd announced at the annual business meeting at the end of the week that they were stepping down from their roles after many combined years of service. They were given a standing ovation from those in attendance.

Young Red Wing collectors ages 13 to 20 participated in the Young Collectors Club at Convention. Activities included a hands-on pottery wheel opportunity led by RWCS Member Frank Sheldon, and a hike up Red Wing’s famed Barn Bluff. The Young Collectors Club recently announced that participants can be eligible for a college
scholarship by participating in club activities and earning participation points. Contact program chairperson Wendy Callicoat at crocks701@aol.com for more information.

The next official RWCS event will be the annual MidWinter GetTogether, which will be held in Des Moines Feb. 6-8, 2014.

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 about 4,000 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 director@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.RedWingCollectors.org. Find the RWCS on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


RWCS members vote to increase membership dues

Red Wing Collectors Society Members Dues Increase

Primary $35, Associate $15

There is still time to renew your membership before the dues increase goes into effect on Thursday, August 1. Renew now at the current rates.

It has been over 10 years since the RWCS membership dues were increased. At the Annual Business Meeting held Friday, July 12 at Red Wing High School during the 2013 Convention, the RWCS Board presented the proposed increase published in the RWCS Newsletter along with the increasing costs of running the Society to the members attending the meeting. By vast majority the attending members voted to increase dues by $10 for both primary and associate memberships. This gives the RWCS Board of Directors the budget authority to increase membership fees for both primary and associate by $10.

The RWCS Board voted to increase PRIMARY membership to $35 and ASSOCIATE membership only by $5 to $15.

Red Wing Collectors Society dues beginning Thursday, August 1, 2013 will be:

  • Primary annual membership: $35
  • Associate annual membership: $15

Members have the opportunity to renew at the CURRENT membership rates ($25 primary and $10 associate) through midnight Wednesday, July 31. Here are they ways you can renew:

  1. Online: www.RedWingCollectors.org (No FEE to renew online)
  2. Phone: 800-977-7927 (Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm CST)
  3. Mail – RWCS, PO BOX 50, RED WING MN 55066

Renew today and save!

2013 Convention Commemorative Announced

As done in recent years, the Red Wing Collectors Society once again produced three different versions of the Commemorative in 2013. Versions A and B respectively made up 90 and 9 percent of the total production. Only 37 pieces of the Version C Commemorative were made to match the Convention’s 37th Anniversary. Members did not know which version they would receive until they opened their box at Convention or received their piece in the mail.

The 2013 Commemorative is a Red Wing Stoneware Bulldog. Red Wing’s animals date back to the mid 1880s. The bulldogs were listed in an 1885 company price list as selling for 18 cents each. Some speculate that they were intended to be toys.

Version A is the standard Red Wing brown Albany slip color. Versions B and C are glazed to match colors that are occasionally found on the bulldog. Version B is white with black highlights. Version C is two-toned brown.

An original Red Wing bulldog was used as the model to make the master mold. Thus, when the Commemoratives came out of the mold, they were the same size as the original dog. Once fired, they ended up being about 15 percent smaller than the original due to clay drying and shrinking.

The Special Commemorative is a completely handmade cow and calf statue. These were originally sold for 40 cents according to the 1885 price list. Eighteen Specials were crafted; half are Albany slip brown and signed “Red Wing Collectors Society” and the other half are white with black spots and are unsigned. All are back-stamped “RWCS July 11-13, 2013.” The white and black versions were given out as awards for display winners. The brown versions were given away as prizes and various drawings. One of each was also silent-auctioned in the Commemorative Room.

KidsView commissioned 15 bulldogs. The KidsView pieces are white with colored polka dots. These pieces were auctioned off in a variety of ways with the proceeds supporting KidsView.

For the first time in the history of the RWCS, the Society commissioned an accessory piece to complement the 2013 Commemorative. Also made by Maple City Pottery, the premium piece was a replica of the dog food dish once made by the Red Wing Potteries. These were only available to members who attended Convention; they could be preordered for $10 and a limited quantity was available for purchase onsite for $15.

There is still time to join the Red Wing Collectors Society and order the 2013 RWCS Commemorative. Join today.

Diggin’ Red Wing Convention 2013 Sponsors and Supporters

The RWCS wishes to thank the following businesses for supporting the 2013 Convention – Diggin Red Wing!

Crock Hunt Sites 2013
Annadee’s Closet (Red Wing Area Seniors)
Christian Book Store
Goodhue County Historical Society
Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop
Inspired Home & Flower Studio
Marie’s Underground Grill & Tap House
McDonald’s of Red Wing
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Pete’s Kitchen Corner
Bed & Bath Treasurers
Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce
St. James Hotel
The Subhouse
Walt Shoe Service
Whimsy’s Closet

Crock Fest sponsored by Maple City Pottery
John Falconer
Red Wing Arts Association
Goodhue County Historical Society

Food Vendors
Brickhouse Pub and Grill
Meathead’s Meat & Deli
Liberty’s Restaurant and Lounge

Convention Sponsors and Donors

Platinum Sponsor
Larry’s Jugs
Maple City Pottery
Red Wing Pottery
Red Wing Stoneware
Treasure Island

Gold Sponsor
First State Bank Red Wing
Nicols Inn
Red Wing Brewery
Roadway Inn
St. James Merchants Association

Silver Sponsor
Wiederholt’s Supper Club
Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop
Liberty’s Restaurant and Lounge
Red Wing Downtown Main Street
Vogel & Gorman PLC

Al’s Antiques
Best Western Rivertown Inn and Suites
St. James Hotel
Bev’s Café
Cannon River Winery
Claydon’s Hallmark
Corner Medical
Countryside Antiques
Cut Above Home
Falconer Vineyard
Falk Auto Body, Inc.
Ferrin’s Furniture Co
Hallstrom’s Florist
Hill Street Antiques
Josephson’s Clothing
Moments On Main|
Oasis Eatery @ Red Wing Confectionary
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Pete’s Kitchen Corner/Bed & Bath Treasures
Pottery Place Antiques
Provenzano’s Ristorante
Red Wing Shoe Co.
Red Wing Shoe Store
Red Wing Trolley Company
Retro Specs
Salvation Army
Third Floor Antiques
Uffda Shop
West End Liquor
Will-Do Truckin’, Inc

Convention Crock Hunt Begins July 5

nnual Convention Crock Hunt
Friday, July 5 through Saturday July, 13
RULES: The Crock Hunt begins on Friday, July 5. Both Red Wing Collectors Society Members and non-members are eligible to participate in the 2013 RWCS Convention Crock Hunt. Participants must locate each display pictured site during regular business hours to match the business logo and photo. Participants must obtain an employee initials (or other mark chosen by the site) from each site. Winners drawn will have their forms checked to ensure that answers are correct before a prize is awarded. Winners do not need to be present to win.
Completed forms must be brought to the Convention Show and Sale, Saturday, July 13 between 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Participating businesses feature at least one piece of old or new Red Wing pottery in their picture. The business logo win is not be included in the picture. Both the photo and business logo are printed at random on the Crock Hunt form published in the Convention Supplement, for download at ERWCS.org or at selected site location.

Convention – Diggin’ Red Wing- Attendee Information

We are just a week away from the Convention RWCS Members! Have you packed your bag? Found space in the car for the new finds from your Convention experience?

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 – download

Crock Hunt
– Starts Friday, July 5 until Saturday, July 13
Checking out the City of Red Wing shops, eateries and sights? Many of them are on the Crock Hunt. Join the fun! Download the form, grab the supplement, or pick one up at the sites. Bring your completed form to the Show and Sale on Saturday.

Wednesday, July 10

  • Pre-registered  pick up inside Pottery Place Annex (watch for signs)
  • Wine and Cheese Fundraiser 6:00pm – 9:00pm – Pottery Place Annex, check out the recently announced live auction piece

Thursday, July 11

  • Hands on Pottery Classes at Red Wing High School – With Richard Spiller and
    Aba Luostarinen $35 – spots still available
  • Keynote:
    Dump Digger Forum: Steve Showers, Dennis Nygaard, Paul Boudin and Connie
  • Visit the Vault – Goodhue County Historical Society behind the scenes tour

Friday, July 12

  • Hands on Pottery Classes at Red Wing High School – With Richard Spiller and Aba Luostarinen $35 – spots still available
  • Crock Fest sponsored by Maple City Pottery – 5pm to 9pm – Central Park, Downtown Red Wing

Other Convention information links:

Information about the City of Red Wing:

Attention Attendees here are some special offers to include in your
Convention experience:

  • Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce: Guest Pass – Available at registration
    On this card will be special offers or promotions from participating businesses.
  • Goodhue County Historical Society – Free entrance to museum during Convention Week to all RWCS  members, just show your badge. Visit the Historical Society to see their very large collection of Red Wing pottery and stoneware and learn about
    Goodhue County history.

One last reminder; don’t forget to bring your red badge holder and volunteer pin!

Auction Manager releases Convention Auction preview!

From salt glaze to Nokomis, Brushed Ware to advertising, a nice offering of dinnerware and a unique 2 gallon crock (pictured below), collectors of a wide variety of Red Wing’s wares will find something of interest at the RWCS Convention Auction this year.

The Thursday RWCS Auction is coming together with a nice variety of offerings. The photos shown here represent a few of the items that have been submitted. Remember, every piece in this auction has been submitted by a member or a chapter, so by bidding on these items, you are directly showing your support for RWCS members and the Society as a whole.

The Auction Check-in is from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 in the Red Wing High School Gymnasium and 8 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 12. The earlier you can be there to submit your piece, the better. Auction viewing will run from 12:15 to 4:15 p.m. Thursday and the event will start at 4:30 p.m.

We hope to see you there! -Bruce Selfridge, RWCS Auction Manager

Red Wing Pottery Dump Diggers Will Keynote 2013 Convention

Red Wing, MN – For decades the Red Wing Pottery Dump Digger educational seminars have been standing-room-only at the annual Red Wing Collectors Society Convention.

With many groundbreaking, exciting things from the past year to report to Red Wing Collectors, the “diggers” will kick off the 2013 Convention — “Diggin’ Red Wing” — as the keynote presenters on Friday, July 11, at Red Wing High School in Red Wing, Minn.

The keynote session will be a panel of longtime dump diggers Steve Showers and Dennis Nygaard, along with newcomers Paul Boudin and Connie Mathison.

Photo by Ruth Nerhaugen

Showers, who is known as the “Red Wing archeologist,” has more than 50 years of dump-digging stories to share. Nygaard joined Showers in the dump almost 40 years ago. Together Showers and Nygaard have shepherded many interested diggers, sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with others.

Paul Boudin and Connie Mathison joined Showers and Nygaard shortly after joining the RWCS in 2007.

The keynote presentation will give convention attendees an opportunity to experience the lively discussion led by Glenn Beall, education manager. As moderator, Beall will guide the conversation and give each “digger” an opportunity to share experiences in the pottery dump and talk about their favorite finds. It’ll be a rare peek, providing a new look at  the relationship of these dump enthusiasts.

Convention attendees are encouraged to submit their questions in advance to either Executive Director Stacy Wegner, director@redwingcollectors.org, or education manager Glenn Beall, education@redwingcollectors.org . Submitted questions will be used in the forum discussion and in the question and answer session.

To learn more about the keynote session presenters, be sure to pick up the Convention Supplement and read all the details. Convention supplements will be available starting at pre-registration on Wednesday, July 10, at the Pottery Place Annex, or at Red Wing High School throughout the convention. The Convention Supplement will also be inserted in the Red Wing Republican Eagle on July 10.

To see read more about the 2013 Convention Education Program visit the Education Page and Hands On Education.