The commercial production of clay products began in Red Wing, Minnesota in 1861 by a German potter by the name of John Paul. For the next 116 years, clay products were made commercially in the City of Red Wing by a number of companies and individuals, with a wide assortment of products from art pottery to water coolers and everything in between. The industry started with the basic products used everyday by people; bowls, jugs, flower pots and ended when the last sewer pipe, drain tile and brick cap were produced for construction use.
In this 106 year period, the following companies produced utilitarian products and, later, art pottery as well.
Philleo and Williams Pottery
The Red Wing Terra Cotta Works
Red Wing Stoneware Company
Minnesota Stoneware Company
John H. Rich Sewer Pipe Company
North Star Stoneware Company (1892-1896)
Union Stoneware Company
Red Wing Sewer Piper Company
Red Wing Union Stoneware Company
Red Wing Potteries, Incorporated
These companies were major employers in the city of Red Wing and contributed greatly to the fabric and history of this unique town on the banks of the Mississippi. The accompanying sections of this web page provide a few examples of the wide variety of products produced by these companies.