Richard Spiller will offer #40 and Wing for Hands on Class and Custom order at RWCS Convention

Red Wing, MN – Richard Spiller, RWCS Convention Resident Potter, is getting into the #40 spirt with hands-on classes and items for sale. The 2016 Convention “Ruby Red Wing” will be the 40th time that Red Wing Stoneware, Dinnerware, and Art Pottery Collectors will gather in Red Wing, MN.

The Red Wing Collectors Society and local potter Richard Spiller are once again working together at the RWCS Convention. Spillers Hands on Classes are open to all Convention attendees to try create their own memorable #40 or Wing. A limited number will also be able for purchase and custom order for members as well. In addition to these large #40 and Wings that can be used as door decorations and trivets, smaller version ornaments will be available for purchase. Spiller is also working on wing earrings and tie tacks that will be ready in time for the Convention.

A resident of rural Wisconsin, Spiller was educated at Western Michigan University and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. An Emeritus Professor of Art at Eastern Carolina University, Spiller has been a practicing potter and ceramic artist for nearly 50 years. His expertise includes kiln building with firing experience from corn cob raku to Tozan Noboigama and firing to cone 10 reduction. The RWCS has partnered with Richard Spiller since 2012 offering pottery demonstrations, hands on pottery classes, and other educational opportunities.

The Red Wing Collectors Society 40th Convention is slated for July 7-9 in Red Wing, MN at Red Wing High School. The three-day event includes a members-only auction, educational seminars, pottery and stoneware Show and Sale, Displays and much more. Visit the Convention Page to learn more about events and activities.

The RWCS was founded in 1977 in Red Wing and there are more than 3,000 members worldwide. 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. 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 page on Facebook and follow the group on Twitter at

Goodhue County History Center to Offer Cemetery Walking Tours During Convention #40

The Goodhue County Historical Society would like to offer a special opportunity for members at the Red Wing Collector’s Society Convention this July.  Gather up your friends or your chapter members and schedule a tour of Oakwood Cemetery!  The tour is appropriate for all age levels and would last 90 minutes.  Tours can be scheduled for July 5, 6, 7, or 10.  Tours can start as early as 8 AM or as late as 7 PM.  Alternate dates and times may be scheduled depending on staff availability.  Cost is $10 per adult and $5 for kids aged 18 or under.  A minimum of five people are preferred for tours to be scheduled.


The Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing has long served the area as a beautiful and peaceful final resting place for loved ones. Tour through a historic section of the cemetery and visit the graves of many notable Red Wing citizens, including Reverend Joseph Hancock and the Civil War hero A.E. Welch. Learn about Victorian mourning practices, cemetery symbolism, and more.  Along the tour, Red Wing Pottery gravestones will be pointed out.


Contact Dustin Heckman, Executive Director, Goodhue County Historical Society at (651) 388-6024 or via email at

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Opportunites to Sell at Convention 2016

Have one great piece or many pieces you would like to sell?

We have TWO opportunities at the Convention!

The RWCS Convention this Summer has two great ways for members to sell at the Convention AUCTION and the SHOW & SALE!

Members Only Auction
Every member has the opportunity to submit to the Convention auction on Thursday, July 7 at Red Wing High School. Scott Hardman, our auction manager, strives to put together a great auction of stoneware, dinnerware, and art pottery each year. Simply fill out the auction submission form and send it to the RWCS Office. Photos can be emailed to Have a question about the Auction? Email Scott at or call 209-602-1461.

Show & Sale
Interested in selling a number of pieces? This opportunity is open to all members! From tables to booth spaces, we have any size to meet your needs. Show & Sale is Saturday, July 9 at Red Wing High School. Simply log on to the RWCS site or fill out the contract and send your payment in – Tables are just $45. Have questions about collecting sales tax the Show & Sale page has quick and easy information how that applies to you. Still have questions, contact the office at 800-977-7927 or

Would you like to see the Auction before the preview opens to members? Would you like to see the Show & Sale before it opens? Volunteering is a way for you to do that. Both Show and Sale and Auction need members to volunteer to support these events and make them successful. Consider signing up for a position today on either the Show and Sale or Auction Volunteer Sign Up Pages today!

Auction Submission and Sellers Contract deadline is May 15; but, the deadline has been extended until May 20th! Please consider participating in one or both of these events at the 2016 RWCS Convention July 7-9 in Red Wing!

RWCS Election Information Out

Cast Your RWCS Election Ballot with the Click of a Mouse

The 2016 RWCS election ballot will be hosted online using Ballotteer and accessible via e-mail to all members in good standing. The e-mail members receive will provide instructions on how to login on the website.

Members must vote for each position up for election in order for their ballot to count.If you did not get an email with your login information please contact the RWCS Office.

The RWCS Representatives at Large will announce the election results during Convention at the RWCS Annual Business Meeting on Friday, July 8. The meeting begins at 3:15 p.m. in the Red Wing High School Auditorium.

The election will be open from April 15 through June 30, 2016. Members who don’t have an e-mail address on file may contact the RWCS business office for a paper ballot by calling 800-977-7927 or e-mailing