Convention Attendee Reminders

2014 Convention Attendees!

We are just a week away from the Convention and the grand opening of the Pottery Museum of 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:



Crock Hunt – Starts Friday, July 4 until Saturday, July 12

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. No matter how many sites you get to you will be included in the prize drawings

Wednesday, July 9

  • 7:00 am RWCS Board Meeting – NEW LOCATION – Pottery Place Annex (watch for signs)
  • 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Pre-registered pick up inside Pottery Place Annex
  • RWCS Foundation Events
  • 5:45pm  Pottery Museum Grand Opening Ribbon cutting
  • 6:00 pm– 9:00pm – WINE-ing for Red Wing, FRIEND-raising Pottery Museum of Red Wing

Thursday, July 10

  • Hands on Pottery Classes at Red Wing High School – With Richard Spiller $40 – spots still available
  • Keynote: Pottery Museum of Red Wing presented by RWCS Foundation special presenter Louise Schleich
  • Visit the Vault – Goodhue County Historical Society behind the scenes tour
  • 1:00 – 4:00 TWO Commemorative Distribution locations Red Wing High School and Red Wing Stoneware (you must have your badge and voucher to pick up at Red Wing Stoneware)

Friday, July 11

  • Hands on Pottery Classes at Red Wing High School – With Richard Spiller $40 – spots still available
  • Crock Fest sponsored by Red Wing Pottery and Red Wing Stoneware – 5pm to 9pm – Central Park, Downtown Red Wing
    Limited edition Crock Fest Pieces available from Red Wing Pottery and Red Wing Stoneware in the Park

Other Convention information links:

  • About the Event Page
  • Auction – Thursday
  • Kids View – Thursday and Friday
  • Young Collectors – Thursday and Friday
  • Education – Great New sessions offered this year on Friday
  • Shared Interest Groups – connect with other collectors stop in the cafeteria Thursday afternoon!
  • Display – Check them out every day of the Convention
  • Show and Sale – Saturday Morning
  • Banquet – Saturday Night at the Pottery Museum– tickets still available
    –   5:30 Social at Players Sports Bar and Grill (formally Provenzano’s)
    –   6:30 Dinner in the Annex (follow the signs)

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! I am looking forward to seeing all of you in Red Wing. Safe travels!

20 gallon double flower Red Wing salt glazed crock


I’ve had this 20 gal. double flower for quite some time.

I’d like some information on it.

Thank you.



Larry, you have quite the rare piece here.  I sounds like your 20 gallon double flower Red Wing salt glazed crock is not side stamped.  It is an early piece of Red Wing made sometime between 1877 & 1895.  If in perfect condition and not stamped Red Wing, it could bring between $10,000 & $15,000.   If it is stamped Red Wing on the side or back the value would be higher.  Al Kohlman

Watkins Extract Advertising Jug


My father passed away 3 years ago and sitting on his cellar stairs were two jugs.  One is labeled Watkins Extracts.  I tried to get a little info online and Google brought up Red Wing advertising jugs.  I do not personally collect stoneware, but wondered if this specific jug is considered collectible.  The other jug is unmarked but I included photos of that one as well.  Any information you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. The Watkins jug measures about 11″ tall by 22″ around. The other jug measures about 9.5″ tall by 20″ around. It has a shiny glaze and orange peel kind of texture.

Thank you so very much for your time.

Donna M.


Donna, the Watkins Extracts brown top advertisingg jug is Red Wing.  It is a very common advertising piece that after the economic meltdown from 2008, it no longer holds the value it once did.  Today in perfect condition $250 is about where  I would put it at.  The salt glazed jug is not Red Wing and I just have no idea of it’s value.  Al Kohlman

Red Wing Sewer Pipe Sample



I have a Red Wing Sewer Pipe sample which doesn’t have a bottom like I’ve seen.  It’s about 3″ by 2-1/2″.  On one side it reads:  “Compliments Red Wing Sewer Pipe Co Red Wing, MN.”  On the other side it reads:  “Our pipe has the most Vitrified Body, Best Glazed, Truer to circle and is and is much stronger than any pipe made”

Could you help with age, value and what it was supposed to be used for.  Thank You Very Much!



Tom, you have the rarer Red Wing sewer pipe sample.  The Red Wing Sewer pipe Co was in business from1901 to the 1970’s.  Value on your sewer pipe sample is between $200 & $250.  Al Kohlman

3 gallon Winnipeg advertising jug


Just wondering if these jugs are red wing or not? I have had them for a few years. If I was to sell them,what should I ask? Thank-you William


William, the 3 gallon Winnipeg jug is Red Wing.  In perfect condition, $300 to $400.  Now the Albany slip cone top jug I cannot read and I am not sure if it is Red Wing.  Could you send me a photo from the side and also the back of the handle where the handle attaches to the base.  I can better help after viewing those photos.  Al Kohlman

Union Stoneware trade card


I am not sure if the Ask An Expert section is still a part of the site but will ask anyway.  This is a 5” tall Union Stoneware trade card in perfect condition. Any idea of the value? I can’t find another like it anywhere. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration. Steve


Steve, I have seen these Red Wing advertising cards sell between $250 & $300.  They are a tough find in this condition.  Al Kohlman

30 gallon double leaf Red Wing crock, salt glaze


Hello Al, could you tell me something about this great 30 gal. crock? It is stamped Minnesota and is in great shape. Is it salt glazed? What would the value be.

Thanks again for all your help you give to people!!



Tim, this looks like the 30 gallon double leaf Red Wing crock that sold this past weekend in Wisconsin.  It was produced by the Minnesota Stoneware Company between 1883 & 1895.  In absolutely perfect condition the value is between $8500 & $9000.  Al Kohlman

Fondoso creamer


Hello! I have a small piece of Red Wing I picked up at an auction. I was hoping to find out its value and history. I doubt it’s a very exciting piece, but I do love it! It’s a small orange pitcher about 5 inches tall and has a chip on the rim, as seen in the photo. Any information you can share your be appreciated. Thank you for your time! -Becca


The item in the photo is a creamer from the Fondoso dinnerware pattern. The pattern was designed by Belle Kogan, a well known designer who developed several other dinnerware patterns and numerous art pottery items for Red Wing.  Fondoso is part of Red Wing’s extensive Gypsy Trail line.  The pattern was introduced in 1939 and made until around 1942.  Many different pieces were made in the Fondoso pattern, ranging from plates and bowls to pitchers, teapots, casseroles and salt & pepper shakers.

The creamer would be worth $15 to $20 in excellent condition.  With the damaged rim your creamer isn’t worth much, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it!

6002 Bowl


I have a piece of art pottery. It has “Red Wing USA ” etched in the bottom of it. Also, the number 6002 is etched above it. What would this be worth today?


Hi, this is part of the “6000” series done in 1949. The glaze is called quartz and was made in a white/gray, red, or yellow glaze. Fairly rare forms, not too many were made. This is shape #6002. Value is around $300.00 in perfect condition. Thanks, steve n rose

Random Harvest Tid Bit tray


Hello! Today I picked up a Random Harvest 3-tiered serving dish. I have not been able to find any information about this particular item and would appreciate anything you could share about it.




Collectors refer to this as a tidbit tray.  Tidbit trays were not shown in dinnerware brochures or dealer price lists, but were included on “Gift or Novelty” brochures.  The brochure included a disclaimer that tidbit trays could not be ordered for a specific pattern.  The factory would send whatever tidbit trays were available at the time of the order.


Tidbit trays can be found in various 1-tier, 2-tier and 3-tier configurations.  Some tidbit trays have a small bowl as the top tier.  Red Wing made and sold tidbit trays as a way to use up surplus stock.  That’s why they could not be ordered in a specific pattern.


Because they were not standard dinnerware production items, some collectors feel tidbit trays have no value; that are merely plates and bowls ruined by drilling a hole in the middle.  Other collectors believe they have value because they were assembled by Red Wing workers and offered for sale as novelty items.  A 3-tiered tidbit tray in excellent condition is worth around $25.