“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 membership@redwingcollectors.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org.

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. 



Magnolia Pieces


I am interested in selling my collection of Red Wing Pottery.  I have attached 3 photos of items I own and have others I have yet to photograph.  I am seeking information on appraisal of these pieces and would like to sell them.
Thank you,
Carol Lee


the first two are worth around 50.00 each, the third, maybe a little more, 65.00 or so.  thanks, steve n rose

2, 3, 4, and 5 Red Wing Churns, and one birch leaf



I recently acquired these four Redwing churns and was curious as to their vintage and value.  The churns are in very good condition, but I’m not sure the lids are all original to the churns.

I also have a 2 gallon Redwing churn with birch leaves and elephant ear handles that I’m not sure of the age or value (great condition, no lid however). 

Thanks! Scott


Scott, all of your churns have the correct Red Wing lids and they were produced anywhere from 1915 to 1930.  The 2 gallon has the greatest value at around $300 with lid.  The 3, 4, & 5 with lids would be between $200 & $250.

A 2 gallon Birch leaf churn with molded handles was produced between 1895 & 1909.  Value without the lid is between $175 & $200.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing 4 gallon beehive jug and 6 gallon salt glazed crock with the lazy 8 decoration


Red Wing Collector Society,

Attached are a few pictures of our crock collection. Please provide a rough idea of the value. The Red Wing 4 gallon jug is in perfect condition with no cracks or chips. I believe the 4 gal size is most rare. Thanks for all your advice and for providing a great service to us novice in the crock world.



Tom, the only two pieces of stoneware that I can help you with are the Red Wing 4 gallon beehive jug and 6 gallon salt glazed crock with the lazy 8 decoration. The other pieces are not Red Wing or not decorated.

 The 4 gallon winged beehive in prefect condition is valued today around $800.  They use to be $1000.

The 6 gallon Red Wing salt glazed crock with lazy 8 in perfect condition is between $250 & $300.  Al Kohlman

5 gallon Red Wing churn has a hairline


I wondered if you could tell me the value of the Red Wing 5 gallon butter churn, pictures attached. We are having an estate sale next weekend and are trying to determine a value on this piece. It does not have a lid. 

Thank you so much for your help!


Best regards, 






Anna, it looks like you 5 gallon Red Wing churn has a hairline at the bottom edge. If this is the case the value will be between $75 & $90. If it is perfect and I am seeing something that is not there, the value would be around $150 to $175. Al Kohlman

Minnesota Stoneware company 4 gallon birch leaf churn


I was wondering if you know any information about this piece as well as the value of the butter churn? It is missing the lid, but other than that it is all intact. There are no chips, cracks, or crazing. There might be a slight imperfection with the glaze in one spot (spot is not covered as well as other areas of the churn). Thanks for your help!

Allison N


Allison, you have a Minnesota Stoneware company 4 gallon birch leaf churn that was produced between 1895 & 1906.  With on lid and weak decorations the value is around $100.  Al Kohlman

3 gallon salt glazed crocks


Hi, I just purchased this nice 3 gallon salt glazed crock and dont know for sure if it is Redwing.There are no marks on the bottom, which is not glazed. It is in excellent shape with no cracks or chips Could you tell me an approximate value. Thanks


Andy, from you one photo, your 3 gallon salt glazed crocks looks to be Red Wing.  Value in perfect condition is between $125 & $140.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing 10 inch spongeware bowl


I bought this bowl at an auction 20+ years ago. I don’t see any markings on the bottom, so I have always wondered whether it was Red Wing.


The bowl is 5 1/2″ deep and 10″ in diameter with paneled sides. The sponging is blue and pink, which seems unusual (and the reason I questioned if it was made by RW).


The bowl is in good condition for its age. No cracks, but there are a few small chips on the bottom rim and what appears to be a factory flaw (see picture). 


I would appreciate any information you could provide including whether it is Red Wing, when it would have been made, and the current value.


Thank you very much.



Thank you so much for your help identifying my bowl. I am pleased to learn it was made by Red Wing, the approximate years it would have been made, and a current market value. 


I think I only paid $10-15 when I got it, so despite the economy, sounds like I made a good deal. No plans to sell the bowl anytime soon, but it is nice to know more about it.


I very much appreciate your time and effort. This is a wonderful service provided by your Society! 





Gloria, though your picture did not come through, I have enough information to help you out.   Our spongeware 10″ bowl is Red Wing.  They came in 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11 inch sizes and were produced in the 1920’s & 30’s.  If the small chips are factory that are on the bottom of the bowl, the value is around $100.  If the chips are not factory, the value will drop to around $40.  Hope this helps.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing 20 gallon crock and lid



My mother is looking for info about this crocks age and value.  Any info would be appreciated.  There are no cracks in the lid or the crock. 


Richard and Margaret


Your Red Wing 20 gallon crock and lid was produced between 1915 & 1930.  The value on the crock is between $150 & $175.  This is due to the weak decorations as they would need to be darker and better stencilled to achieve a higher value.  The 20 gallon lid is valued around $200.   Hope this is what you are looking for.  Al Kohlman