Seminar Lending Library

RWCS Convention Seminar Lending Library

Below is a complete listing of educational seminars available to members FREE of charge to borrow. They can be mailed to your home or picked up at the RWCS Business Office. If they are mailed to you, members must pay the return shipping cost.

To borrow a seminar, email the RWCS business office at

Video Lending Library download – current as of 2013

1992 – VHS unless noted

Collecting Red Wing Artware & Dinnerware by Tom Trulen & Robert Stapel (VHS & DVD)
Dinnerware/Artware ID Panel by Gary Antoline, Tom Trulen & Robert Stapel
Extinct Animals of Minnesota and North Dakota by Con & Sandy Short
Red Wing Spittoons & Cuspidors by Rich Cronemeyer
Stoneware ID Panel by Kent Williamson, Pat Hauke, & Bev Winchell
Tour of the Pottery by Sue Gillmer
Visits with Charles Murphy by Ron Linde, Mary & Otto Bang, & Darlene Dommel (VHS & DVD)
World of Miniatures by Chuck Drometer & Dale Erickson
Yellow Ware Revisited by Jack Vye

1993 – VHS unless noted
All About Auctions by Dick & Todd Houghton
Art Pottery & Dinnerware ID by Tom Trulen & Stan Bougie (VHS & DVD)
Collection of Art Pottery by Ray Reiss
Decorating with Red Wing Stoneware by Kathy Decker
Red Wing Commemoratives by Rich Cronemeyer
Shapes & Numbers on the Bottom of RW Art Pottery by Ron Linde
Stoneware ID Panel by Dave Hallstrom, Chuck Drometer, and Pat & Paul Hauke
Uncovering the RW Dump by Steve & Phyllis Showers

1994 – VHS unless noted
Collecting Red Wing Art Pottery by Ray Reiss
Dinnerware & Artware ID by Len Lindstrom and Dave & Ardelle Johnson
ID Panel by Dave Hallstrom, and Pat & Paul Hauke
Insuring Your Collection by Dale Erickson
Interview with Charles Murphy by Ron Linde

Less is More – Red Wing Mini Jugs by Larry & Larry Peterson

Repairing and Reproduction by Chuck Drometer

Red Wing Commemoratives by Rich Cronemeyer
Red Wing in Canada by Gary & Deb Noto (VHS & DVD)
Red Wing Paper Items
by Dan DePasquale

1995 – VHS unless noted
Advertising Jugs by Larry & Larry Peterson (VHS & DVD)
The Bottle Stoneware Collection by Steve Ketchum

Collecting Red Wing Cookie Jars by Len Lindstrom & Kent Williamson

Dinnerware Knowledge for the Collector by Cliff Ekdahl (VHS & DVD)king Sense of Shape Numbers on Red
Wing Pottery by Ron Linde
Red Wing Reproduction by Chuck Drometer
Red Wing/What Cheer Potter, Johnnie Nelson by Corrinne Reed

1996 Not Available

1997 Not Available

1998 Not Available

1999 – VHS unless noted
Advertising Red Wing Stoneware by Dave Kuffel (VHS & DVD)
Art Pottery New Pictures by Ray Reiss

Basic Terminology For Beginners by Con Short

Beginning Collections of Art Pottery by Tom Trulen

Categorizing Red Wing Oddities by Steve Brown
Collecting By Color by Deanna Juergens
Designer Ernest Sohn by Ron Linde

Dinnerware Identification by Curt Johnson (VHS & DVD)
Lids – The Finishing Touch by Con Short

Persistence Pays Off by Al Kohlman (VHS & DVD)

Red Wing Art Pottery Animals by Jennifer Keding

Salt Glaze Identification by Dave Short (VHS & DVD)

Stoneware, A National Overview by Mark Cellotti

2000 – VHS unless noted
Advertising Stoneware by Dave Kuffel (VHS & DVD)

Brushware: The Marked & Unmarked by Bob Cox

Collecting by Color – Part III by Deanna Juergens

Fondoso Dinnerware – Beginning a Collection by Monica Keding

Investing in RW/Managing Your Collection
by Byron Gunderson & Larry Peterson

Red Wing Memorabilia by Bob Bremer & Dave Hallstrom
Red Wing Mini Jugs by Chris Osterholz
Red Wing Stoneware Pitchers by Gail Peck
RumRill Glazes by Ron Linde
Stoneware 101 by Chuck French
The Stoneware Dumps of Red Wing by Dennis Nygaard

Eva Zeisel – Keynote Speaker (VHS & DVD)

Eva Zeisel – Questions & Answers

2001 – VHS unless noted
Memories of the Pottery by Edmund Alpers
Extinct Animals of MN & ND by Con Short

On the Trail of the Gypsy-Plain & Reed by Marilyn & Terry Moe

Salt Glaze-The Best of the Best by Keynote Speaker Dave Short (VHS & DVD)
Red Wing Bowl-er-ama by Chuck Hanson

Canadian Stoneware by Ron Linde (VHS & DVD)

Exploring Red Wing Bean Pots by Kent Williamson
Western Stoneware by Art Holliday

Buying on E-bay by Don Meyers (VHS & DVD)

Sherwood Brothers Pottery by Dennis Nygaard & Marv Juel
Jugs That Quack by Steve Ketchum

Decorating with Art Pottery by Deanna Juergens
Investing in Red Wing-Part 2 by Larry Peterson & Byron Gunderson

2002 – VHS unless noted
Becker Advertising and a Child’s Memories by Mike Back

Collecting According to Kuf
by Dave Kuffel (VHS & DVD)
Coffee Anyone? By Tracy Callaghan-Kuffel

Developing a Goal-Protect & Preserve by Peterson and Gunderson
Early Memories of the Potteries by Helen Bell

George Rumrill: Schemer-Scoundrel-Thief by Byron Gunderson
Keynote Address
Walk Down Memory Lane
Murphy Designs at RW Potteries by Ron Linde
Pacific NW Advertising on RW Stoneware by Steve Muelich
Pre 1950’s Cookie Jars by Kent Williamson
Recent Dump Finds by Steve Showers and
Dennis Nygaard
Red Wing Art Pottery Lamps by Jan Pinkert

What Do You Do With Your RW by Bonnie Myers

2003 – VHS only
Canning Jars by Art Holiday
Coffee Anyone? By Tracy Callaghan Kuffel

Collecting Red Wing Art Pottery by Deanna Juergens

Mini-Jugs – the Miniature Clay Giants by Dick Fastenau

Managing Your Collection into Maturity by Gunderson & Peterson

Memories of a Potter’s Daughter by Helen Bell
Red Wing Sewer Pipe by Wally Armstrong

Schleich Red Wing Pottery Collection Keynote by Steve & Rose Splittgerber
Overview of Red Wing Dinnerware # 1 by Larry Roschen & Terry Moe

Overview of Red Wing Dinnerware # 2 by Larry Roschen & Terry Moe
Porcelain & Pottery Restoration by Avis Tomazevic & Dan Dirnbauer

Putting Together a Convention Display by Ron Linde

White Pottery
Utica, New York by Jill Holmes

2004 – VHS Only
Fall & Winter Dump Finds 2003-2004 by Steve Showers
Fort Dodge & the Ties with Western & RW by Greg Steffens

Keynote Speaker by Ray Reiss

Kids View 1

Kids View 2
Kids View 3
New Finds in the RW Stoneware Dump By Dennis Nygaard
Red Wing 101 by Paul Wichert, Carl & Linda Schessler
Red Wing Animals by Ron Linde

Red Wing Jardinieres – Session I by Mike Orgler

Red Wing Jardinieres – Session II by Mike Orgler
Reflections by Stan Bougie

Unlocking the Potential of Your Collection By Byron Gunderson & Larry Peterson

2005- VHS and DVD NOTED
An Overview of Red Wing Dinnerware – Part 1 (DVD)
By Terry Moe, Larry Roschen, and John Sagat
An Overview of Red Wing Dinnerware – Part 2 (DVD)
By Terry Moe, Larry Roschen, and John Sagat
Chat with Designer Charles Murphy (DVD)

Exotic Animals of Minn. & ND By Con and Sandy Short

Identification of North American Stoneware &Pottery ID By Mark Cellotti (VHS & DVD)

Belle Kogan – Her Life, Career,and designs for Red Wing By Bernie Banet
Pre-1950’s Red Wing Cookie Jars By Kent Williamson

Red Wing Mini Jugs Past, Present, Future By Terry Speedy

Stoneware Miniatures of New Brighton, PA By Dennis Nygaard
The Art of the Potter By Rick Lamore

The History of RWCS Commemoratives 2005 Keynote Address
Weller Pottery By Marie and Mark Latta

What is the
Goodhue County History Center By Char Henn
What’s happening at your Museum By Ron Linde & Members of Foundation BOD

2006 – VHS and DVD
Keynote Speaker By Tom Braun
Dinnerware By Terry & Marilyn Moe
Dos and Don’ts of Red Wing Dinnerware By Dennis Cayler & Sally Pavlak
Latest Red Wing Dump Finds By Steve Showers
Pottery Design and Creation By Ephraim Potters
Red Wing 102 By Paul Wichert & Linda Krueger
Red Wing Foundation By Ron Linde, et al
Recent Finds & Discoveries in the Red Wing Dump By Dennis Nygaard & Austin Fjerestad

2007- VHS and DVD
Keynote Speaker Dustin Winterowd on the Kiln Clean up
L3DG3R by Dave Kuffel on the recently discovered Red Wing Pottery Ledger Book
Village Green Dinnerware by Terry Moe and Larry Roschen
Salt-Glazed Red Wing by Rick Natynski
Safely Displaying the Legacy by Bruce Selfridge

2008 (DVD Only)
Keynote Speaker The Pottery Park by Brian Peterson, City of Red Wing
Last Red Wing Production Dinnerware, Ebb Tide by Dennis Cayler

Recent Finds & Discoveries in the RW Dump by Dennis Nygaard and Austin Fjerestad
Red Wing Advertising Mugs by Chris Osterholz
Red Wing Pottery District, Then and Now by Leanne Knott

2009 (DVD Only)
Keynote Speaker “Tales of the Road” by author Cathy Wurzer
Dinnerware Overview I & II, 1941-1967
by Terry Moe & Larry Roschen
Gypsy Trail A to Z, I & II by Terry Moe & Larry Roschen

2010 (DVD Only)
Keynote Speaker Jerry Mewhorter, former plant manager at Red Wing Potteries
Dinnerware Paper Production & Advertising
by Terry Moe & Larry Roschen
Stoneware Fakes by Larry Birks

2011 (DVD Only)
Keynote Speaker Dr. Ronald Schirmer, primitive Red Wing and Minnesota Pottery
Finding Red Wing through the Media
by Ruth Nerhaugen
Salt Glaze Production by Bob Downs
Dinnerware Paper Products & Advertising Part 2 by Terry Moe and Larry Roschen
Recollections of Working at the Pottery
by Hannes Kuehn, mold maker
New Brighton, PA Pottery
by Dennis Nygaard
Red Wing’s Casual Dinnerware Line by Terry Moe and Larry Roschen

2012 (DVD) Only)
Keynote Speaker Hannes Kuehn, Recollections of Working at the Potteries
2012 Commemorative Production –Chormoline Vase by Melissa Schrock, Maple City Pottery
Dinnerware Mysteries & Reproductions Part 1 & 2 by Terry Moe and Larry Roschen
The Potters & Pottery of New Ulm by Mark Cellotti
Discoveries from Pottery Road by Dennis Nygaard

2013 (DVD) Only)
Keynote Speaker Red Wing Dump Digger Forum: Dennis Nygaard, Steve Showers, Paul Boudin and Connie Mathison
Red Wing Painter Mary Lou Ista
History of Moingona Pottery by Mark Wiseman
Discoveries from Pottery Road by Dennis Nygaard
Life in the Pits by Char Henn

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 or at selected site location.

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

20 gallon salt glaze with the 4 Rib Cages




We have had this 20 gallon crock for a few years. We bought it at an auction in Red Wing during one of the annual conventions.  Please let us know the estimated value of this crock. It is in very good shape.




Sue and Bill


Bill & Sue, your 20 gallon with the 4 Rib Cages is a nice piece and still holds a nice value.  $$3500 to $4500.  Al Kohlman

Brusheware Heron vase



I would like to know more about this vase that I have had for many years. I cannot find anything about it on the web so perhaps you are my best source for correct information

Attached are the bottom of the vase mark

the sides are rather rough

the inside is deep green gloss

the measurements are: 4 1/2″ across the opening, and 8″ tall



Answer: Hi Wanona
we call this the Heron vase, brushedware, from around 1930.  Value is about 80.00 or so.  thanks, steve n rose

10 gallon Red Wing crock


I was wondering if you could tell me about the age and value of this crock. It was my grandmothers and i recieved after her passing. Thanks


Your grandmother’s 10 gallon Red Wing crock was produced between 1915 & 1930.  Value if in perfect condition is around $150.   Al Kohlman

“CROCKFEST” and Other New Events to Headline Red Wing Collectors Society’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

“CROCKFEST” and Other New Events to Headline

Red Wing Collectors Society’s 35th Anniversary Celebration


Red Wing, MN- In celebration of the Red Wing Collectors Society’s (RWCS) 35th anniversary, several exciting new events will take place during the RWCS Annual Convention, which is scheduled for July12-14 in Red Wing, Minn.

This uber-rare 30 gallon salt glaze butterfly crock with "Red Wing Stoneware Co." stenciled in cobalt is one of the many great pieces expected to be up for grabs at this year's Members-only Auction To see more pieces submitted by members for this year's auction visit the auction page.

“Whether you have a casual interest in Red Wing stoneware and pottery, or you’re a die-hard collector, the RWCS Convention is the place to spend your summer vacation this year,” says RWCS 35th Anniversary Committee Co-chair Wendy Callicoat. “From the new CROCKFEST event we’ve created to all the auctions and sales and everything in between, attendees are sure to have a great time.”

New 35th Anniversary events on Thursday, July 12 include a free breakfast for RWCS members to recognize the Society’s charter members at 8 a.m., a balloon release honoring departed members and Lunch & Learn Sessions at noon and Shared Interest Groups from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; each of these events will take place at Red Wing High School.

On Friday, July 13, a time capsule will be buried at the North Star Monument in Red Wing’s historic pottery district at 8:30 a.m., a pig roast lunch will be served at Red Wing High School from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and CROCKFEST – a festival featuring food, music by the Cruisers, kids activities and fun for the whole Red Wing community – will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Red Wing’s Central Park.

In addition to these new activities, RWCS members have their lineup of usual favorites to attend during Convention, including street sales held throughout the community, a string of auctions highlighted by the always popular RWCS Thursday Night Auction at Red Wing High School, educational seminars and the official RWCS Show & Sale at Red Wing High School that begins for members at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 14 and opens FREE to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Other major activities include a “Crock Hunt” scavenger hunt around the historic Mississippi River town, the KidsView educational program for kids ages 3 to 12 and the Young Collectors Club for ages 13-20. There is also a special display room at Red Wing High School, where members create their own unique displays for the education and enjoyment of attendees, combined with some fun and creative competition.

The RWCS Foundation will also hold several events on Wednesday, July 11 to raise support and awareness for its new museum space – the north half of the Pottery Place Annex. (The RWCS Foundation Board in April signed a purchase agreement for the building, which is about 10,000 sq. ft. larger than the current Red Wing Pottery Museum that is located across the parking lot in Pottery Place.) These events include a food booth and pre-registration badge pickup outside the Pottery Place Annex, 2000 Old West Main St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guided tours of the Red Wing Pottery Museum from noon to 2 p.m. and a wine & cheese fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. The wine & cheese event will featuring both silent and live auctions and live music by musician Karl Burke.

An annual commemorative will be unveiled and distributed to members beginning Thursday, July 12. The commemorative piece is a closely guarded secret and there is much speculation as to what the piece will be each year. It is a miniature replica of a Red Wing pottery item with a limited number made, contributing to their increase in value in following years. Last year’s commemorative cobalt-decorated salt glaze churn was well-received by the membership.

Hannes Kuehn, who worked at the Red Wing Potteries as a mold maker in 1956, will officially kick off Convention with a keynote presentation at 10:30 a.m. July 12 in the Hove Auditorium at Red Wing High School, 2451 Eagle Ridge Dr. The presentation will be open to the public.

A good selection of topics are also on tap for the educational sessions on Friday, July 13, including an orientation for first timers, Red Wing salt glaze, Red Wing 101, recent finds from the old pottery dump, Red Wing dinnerware, history of the villages surrounding the Goodhue County clay pits, Minnesota’s New Ulm stoneware and digging old privies in search of antiques and artifacts. In addition, the RWCS Foundation will hold an info session on all its exciting new developments and what it has planned for the coming years.

Another unique aspect of the RWCS Convention is 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. There are many interactive and challenging activities and seminars for children ages 3-12 to get involved in, such as learning how to bid at an auction, what to look for in an antique, and several hands-on pottery creation projects.

To further complement KidsView, the RWCS Young Collectors is entering its second year of helping Red Wing collectors ages 13 to 20 grow their interest in Red Wing. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Red Wing, develop new friendships through peer-to-peer discussion groups and participate in hands-on activities.

To learn more about all the events and activities of the 35th Anniversary Convention Celebration, visit the RWCS website event page for the Convention. The RWCS can also be found on Facebook and followed on Twitter.

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 more than 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 or log on to

Johnnie’s Root Beer, Labriego dinnerware pattern


Hi, on a recent trip I purchased several Johnnies mugs. As a 30 year R.W. collector I knew they were made by Red Wing. We didn’t have any of our research books with us so we went on line to look for the mug. 

I came up with an Oct. 28, 2009 question from Al Ekbald to Al Kohlman about a Johnnies  mug. I was stunned when the “expert” said it was NOT Red Wing & that he had never seen a mug like it before. Please forward this  to the two Al’s & feel free to give them my name & email address. JOHNNIES MUG : Red Wing Art Pottery Two by Ray Reiss. 

Page 178 has a picture of the Johnnies mug & the following : Johnnies was a root beer stand near the potteries. This mug was designed by 

Lou McGrew. Only 144 of them were reported to have been made.   

Regards,  Don


Attached is a copy of a Republican-Eagle newspaper article from July 8, 1994 about Johnnie’s Root Beer and the mug.  This is the only info I have about it.  I’d guess Ray Reiss got his info for the book from the same source.  The mug itself is based on the mug from the Labriego dinnerware pattern.  Apparently a Labriego mug mold was modified to make the Johnnie’s mug.  I’ve attached a photo of a green Labriego mug for comparison.