Education Seminars

Convention Education 2019
Educational Seminars are held at River Bluff Education Center in Red Wing
2018 Education Seminars available via Members Only Video website section or on loan through the video lending library
Historic Pottery Industry or Red Wing and Goodhue Couty Story Map
Less Common Gypsy Trail (THIS IS A THREE PART SESSION)
See more details below on these sessions. Contact the office at 651-388-4004 or email to rent a copy of the session.
Keynote :
Thursday, July 11, 2019
10:00 am

Auction Grading-Identifying Stoneware Damage, Restoration and Fakes
By Larry Birks


Larry Birks will present on the need for auction grading, and the definitions of the various damage the graders look for that cause the description to vary from what is shown on the auction sheet.  The seminar also explains repairs, restorations, and fakes that find their way across the grading table.

Speaker Biography :

Larry Birks has been collecting stoneware for over 40 years. Started attending the RWCS Convention in 1988. He is a Charter Member of Trails West Chapter of RWCS.  Served as President of RWCS for two years. Previously presented a seminar on Stoneware Fakes. Served on the RWCS Auction grading committee for the last 5 years.

Orientation for First Timers – 2019
Thursday: July 11, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Friday: July 12, 13:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Start your first Convention experience out right by attending an Orientation Seminar led by longtime RWCS member Catherine Beall. Catherine will discuss all of the activities that are lined up and offer tips on making the most of your Convention experience.

Speaker Biography:
Hello all, my name is Catherine Beall. I have been involved in the Red Wing Convention for over ten years now. I have been speaking at the Convention for eight years now. My interest in Red Wing is the history and preservation of that history. The Charles E. Murphy prints are my particular area of interest. Hope to see you all there.


Shared Interest Groups
Friday, July 12, 2019
9:00 am

Come to the College early to meet up with others with your same collecting interest. Share your specific Red Wing collecting passion for Dinnerware, Stoneware, or Art Pottery. This is your time to network with other collectors and swap stories, ask questions, and get connected with other RWCS members with your area of interest.

Educational Seminars
Friday, July 12, 2019

Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 am.
Session 2: 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m

Session 3: 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Session 4: 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m

Interested in speaking please contact our education manager.

Education Manager – David Hoffman

If you are interested in becoming a presenter, please contact the Education Manager at or use the Speaker Form.


About Education
Education is a focal point of the RWCS events. Each year the Education Manager puts together an education schedule for both Convention and MidWinter filled with great learning opportunities for members. Education sessions are held on the second day of Convention, Friday with three or four session break out times as Saturday of MidWinter.

Education Sessions are a great way to: hear about the new research being done about Red Wing, learn tips and ideas from fellow members.

Education Manager is always looking for speakers, please contact him at

Video Lending Library
Each year the Education Manager selects session to record and added to our library and available Free to RWCS Members. To see a complete list of sessions available on DVD and VHS please contact the RWCS Business Office or log into the members-only section Video Section of the website or the Resource Page.

Any RWCS Member can become a speaker at the Annual Convention by simply contacting the Education Manager via email.