Collecting Red Wing Pottery has grown in recent years and encompasses both the casual and serious collector. Besides the Red Wing Collector’s Society which oversees the annual RWCS Convention, several states and regions have formed Red Wing Chapters and more are emerging all the time. In addition to the national and state chapters, numerous other organizations exist around the country that cater to those interested in everything from the history of Red Wing Pottery to selling and buying pieces.
Listed below are just a few of those groups. Please let us know if you know of other organizations that would be an asset to those viewing this site.
Red Wing Collector's Society
Founded in 1977, ten years after Red Wing Potteries closed, the Red Wing Collector's Society strives to preserve the history and pottery that is Red Wing. Every year during the second full week in July, the Society sponsors the annual Red Wing Collector's Society Convention held in Red Wing, MN. The RWCS has over 6,000 members in the majority of states as well as Canada. For web site information on various state Red Wing Chapters, see the chapter page on the web site. The RWCS site is located at: www.redwingcollectors.org.
Red Wing Dinnerware
Todd Hintz and his wife Ivy Loughborough have developed an extensive site on the many patterns of Red Wing Dinnerware. Every pattern is represented in the site’s Master Index and the page is continually updated with new information about the various patterns. Visit the site at: www.redwingdinnerware.com
Eva Zeisel Forum (formerly the Eva Zeisel Collectors Club)
Eva Ziesel designed one of Red Wing’s most distinctive and famous dinnerware patterns Town and Country. This site is primarily targeted towards collectors of the many designs by Ziesel during her illustrious career. This extensive site covers those designs while also including resources such as other Ziesel sites. This brilliant designer celebrated her 100th birthday in November, 2006. Visit the Eva Zeisel forum at: www.evazeisel.org/
American Art Pottery Association
The American Art Pottery Association is dedicated to promoting interest, understanding, appreciation, and understanding of American Art Pottery. The organization seeks to unify and strengthen the voice of American Art Pottery collectors and dealers while foster a membership Code of Ethics. The site offers a wealth of information including events, discussion groups, auction sites, book reviews, theft alerts, and art pottery fakes. Contact the association at: www.amartpot.org
The Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation
The Red Wing Foundation grew from the desire of the Vision Committee of the Red Wing Collector’s Society to preserve the history of the pottery industry that once flourished in Red Wing, Minnesota. Part of the Foundation’s mission includes maintaining a museum located in the former Minnesota Stoneware Company building where the pottery was manufactured until the factory’s closing in 1967. Visit the RWCS Foundation web site at: www.rwcsfoundation.org.
The Foundation Museum displays an extensive representation of both familiar and rare stoneware, dinnerware, art pottery, and other pieces produced by Red Wing Pottery. The museum also maintains an important historical collection of memorabilia, vintage photographs, and products related to the pottery industry, in an effort to further the educational interests of future generations.
Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation Museum has received pottery through tax-deductible gifts and occasionally items on loan. Museum exhibits change regularly in an effort to broaden public knowledge about the importance of Red Wing pottery in American history and culture.
The Foundation Museum is located on the second floor of the Pottery Place Mall at 2000 West Main Street in Red Wing, MN and is open during merchant business hours. For more information about the museum and how you can contribute, contact the Foundation directly at email@example.com or Museum Curator Diane Hallstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Red Wing Chapters and E-mail Addresses
Below are the Red Wing Chapters for the midwest region along with the current president and e-mail contact information.
Steve Splittgerber, President email@example.com.
Gopher Chapter (Minnesota)
Dennis Nygaard, President
Illinois Chapter of the RWCS
Marv Osterholz, President
Cannon Valley (Minnesota)
Connie Kolberg, President
Iowa Chapter of the RWCS
Wayne Burk, President
Siouxland Redwingers (South Dakota)
Glenn Beall, President
Trails West (Missouri/Kansas)
Kay Salisbury, Co-President
Vivian Perry, Co-President firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of books have been written on Red Wing Pottery and three are particularly worth noting.
Ray Reiss has written and photographed two stunning books on Red Wing Art Pottery, both of which were invaluable in researching material for this site. The titles are as follows:
Red Wing Art Pottery - Including Pottery Made for Rum Rill, copyright 1996.
Red Wing Art Pottery Two - Including Pottery Made for Rum Rill, copyright 2000.
Another work that is particularly helpful regarding the history of Red Wing Stoneware is a book by Gary and Bonnie Tefft.
Red Wing Potters and Their Wares, 2nd Edition, copyright 1991.
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