MidWinter Education


MidWinter 2020 Education Program Saturday, February 29, 2020
Isle Hotel Casino – Bettendorf, IA

Keynote Session

MidWinter 2020 Educational Seminar Sponsor!

8:15 am

A Reflection of Minnesota Culture: The Red Wing Potteries
Presenter: Steve Brown

Steve Brown will provide a glimpse into how Red Wing’s clay industry transformed its product lines to meet the changing needs of society. He will present a collage of vintage postcard images to show how products were used and to enhance our appreciation of the items that collectors enjoy today.

Steve Brown is a past member of the RWCS Board of Directors, Steve served as RWCS Historian for 16 years – 14 of which were also spent representing the club on the RWCS Foundation Board. He and his wife, Barb, were inducted into the RWCS Hall of Fame at the 2019 RWCS Convention.


General Sessions

Session 1 9:30 am – 10:20 am
Session 2 10:30 am – 11:20 am

Whiteware, Bricks, and Broken Banks
Speaker: Dennis Nygaard 

A review of his recent digging with flair and stories from the past. Come see and learn about Red Wing’s use of white clay in their stoneware production. Then experience Dennis’s 2019 venture into the sewer pipe dump that unearthed over 50 different manufactured fire bricks among other fun sewer pipe finds. Finally, he will take a step back to the past and share the shards and story of the Dime Saving Bank for the 1893 World’s Fair.

How to Set Up a Stellar Display at Convention
Speaker: Laura Beall

Have you ever thought of displaying at the convention but not sure how to do it?  Laura Beall will walk you through the process of picking an interesting and winning theme. How to pack your items, and how to artfully present your display for maximum effect.  Laura will also cover the rules of having a display at the convention. Laura has displayed and won many times and has tips and experience that will help you have a wonderful display.

The Village Green Dinnerware Line (continuous session)
Speakers: Terry Moe and Larry Roschen

Terry Moe and Larry Roschen first presented a seminar on the Village Green line in 2007.  This seminar will revisit Village Green and other patterns in the line with additional photos and information discovered since then.  Village Wheat, the Provincial bakeware set, and items produced for Ernest Sohn will be covered as well. 

This seminar will be presented over two sessions, each with different content. 

**** All sessions will run both session times. If you are interested in speaking at MidWinter please contact David Hoffman, education manager at education@redwingcollector.org.


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 Saturday of MidWinter – keynote speaker followed by two session times. Each presenter will speak for both sessions given members the opportunity to attend scheduled presentations.
Education Sessions are a great way to: hear about the new research being done about Red Wing, learn tips and ideas from fellow members.
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 in to the members-only section of the website to the Resource Page.
Any RWCS Member can become a speaker at MidWinter by simply contacting the Education Manager via email.