6 gallon salt glaze “sqatty” leaf crock

Question: First, thank you for offering this wonderful resource! 

My father was an avid collector of Red Wing crocks, jugs and mixing bowls. Most pieces my sister and I have been able to identify and price.  The six and eight gallon crocks are probably Red Wing, but the four gallon crock has a very simple decoration we’ve not been able to find elsewhere. All three appear to be in good condition. What are your thoughts about the age and value of these?

Thanks for help!


Tim, Your 4 and 8 gallon crocks are not Red Wing but your 6 gallon is and I think it’s a squatty. If it’s under 13 inches tall a squatty worth about $400 if over 14 inches it’s a regular size crock worth about $300 in mint condition. Thanks Cliff


Clifford Olson

RWCS Announces 40th Anniversary Plans

Red Wing, Minn – Happy 40th Anniversary, fellow Red Wing Collectors! Be sure to attend this year’s Convention in Red Wing July 6-8. We will kick off the anniversary celebration on Thursday, July 6 with a very special panel of collectors who will present this year’s keynote address, sharing some personal and fun experiences as members of RWCS. We will also honor the RWCS charter members in attendance followed by a fun anniversary get-together in the Minnesota State College Southeast commons area at NOON. Don’t miss the Friday evening Crock Hop in Potters Hall at the Pottery Museum from 5 to 6:30 p.m.Traditional root beer floats and refreshments will be served along with a visit from Doc and Marty. A “Back in Time Scavenger Hunt” in the museutilem along with door prizes at “Lou’s Café” will be too fun to miss!

Don’t forget to order the special anniversary tile on your Convention registration form – they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be mailed to your home.



Official RWCS Convention T-shirt  – Order by June 6
Celebrate the RWCS 40th Anniversary in style with your very own “Back to the Future” RWCS Convention T-shirt! These custom-designed shirts can be ordered online.  The shirts are $14.98 each and they will be available for pickup at the July Convention in Red Wing. Shirts sizes 2XL and up are subject to an additional charge. The order deadline is June 6. A small number of shirts might be available to purchase onsite, but the only way to guarantee yourself a shirt is to pre-order. All proceeds will benefit the RWCS.


Share how your Red Wing Journey Began
The RWCS 40th Anniversary is a great time to reminisce about that first piece of stoneware, art pottery or dinnerware that began our quests in collecting. Many collectors recently shared stories on Facebook about how they acquired their first piece of Red Wing clay. Regardless of whether it was a common piece or a rare find, we all remember how we got started. Please send your story Nancy Lambert, RWCS Historian, along with a photo of the item if you wish. Lambert will put it all together into a booklet – not only for some fun reading of cool stories, but also to have the stories as a part of the Red Wing Collectors Society archives. Whether the clay piece was Red Wing or not, whether it was a lucky find or a gift from a family member, the unique and individual stories will be a treat for us all. Please submit your story by May 15 to be a part of this 40th Anniversary project! E-mail your story and photo to me at historian@redwingcollectors.org.

In addition to members attending the Convention will receive a special cloisonné commemorative pins celebrating the 40th Anniversary. All of this plus special displays and memorabilia will be a part of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Red Wing Collectors Society! Register today!


11” sponge band or Gray Line Red Wing bowl



I recently purchased this bowl and was wondering if you could verify that it is a Red wing, approximate date of manufacture and the value.  It measures 11” across the top, I can find no flaws other then the red mark on the inside (looks like paint from the sponge band).  Maybe a small amount of crazing.  The mark on the bottom is a blue circle with the words: “Made in Red Wing”

Thank you



Rory, You have a 11” sponge band or also called Gray Line Red Wing bowl from the 1930’s. In mint condition a value about $200. Cliff


Clifford Olson


5 gal. Double rib cage churn

Question: I have a 5 gal. Double rib cage churn. It has a crack up by handle. Is there any way to reinforce the crack and not hurt the value any? Also how much does the crack effect the value? Ramola


Ramola, Your churn in mint condition would be around $650. With all the cracks I would be hard to get $200 for it. I would use Elmer’s glue work the glue into the cracks, take a large metal hose clamp and squeeze it till the crack is tight. You can also have a repair guy glue it for you.


Clifford Olson

Jimmie Durkin’s Jug

Question: I have been trying to locate a price on a Jimmie Durkin’s clay advertising jug with three addresses and phone number . It is in very good condition.
Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Susan Clemens


Susan, Red Wing and Western companies made this advertising jug. If Red Wing made it your looking at $250-$350.


Clifford Olson


2017 Meeting Minutes

Below are the PDF’s of the approved 2017 RWCS Board Meeting and Annual Meeting Approved Minutes.

Board of Directors Meeting – Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Des Moines, IA
Distributed in April and approved at the July meeting.

Board of Directors Meeting – Wednesday, July 5, 2017 – Red Wing, MN
Distributed in August and approved at the November Meeting.

Annual Meeting Minutes -Friday, July 7, 2016 – Red Wing, MN
Draft posted –  approved version will be posted following the next meeting in 2017

Executive Committee – October 30, 2017 – Teleconference

Full Board Meeting – November 1, 2017 – Teleconference

Members wishing to attend meetings may contact the office for meeting information.