RED WING, Minn. – Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS), RWCS Foundation, and local RWCS Chapter, Cannon Valley Red Wing Collectors Club were once again shown that undiscovered Red Wing Pottery is still hiding in closets and basements. The 2nd Annual Red Wing Pottery Road Show was held Saturday, May 16 at the Red Wing Pottery Museum. More than 75 people brought 50 pieces of Red Wing stoneware, dinnerware, and art pottery for our experts to evaluate and answer questions.
This year’s show brought to light new finds – stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery – something for every collector’s interest, especially our experts. The stoneware experts, Larry Peterson, Wayne Bell and Dave Hallstrom, saw great examples of Red Wing salt glaze, advertising, and sponge ware. Larry Roschen, Ivy Loughborough and Todd Hintz, dinnerware experts, examined several unique finds including a juicer with cup, lunch hour chop plate and one piece from a 1941 Orleans dinnerware pattern set still in the box – including the straw from the factory. A lamp with hand-painted art, piano planters and “the Suitor” figural, cold painted (painted after firing) in bisque were noted as the most interesting pieces by our art pottery experts, Mary Bang and Bonnie Myers.
“It was so exciting to know that there are still so many great examples of Red Wing out there waiting to be discovered!” said Stacy Wegner, executive director, RWCS. “I hope that each person felt they learned more about their piece of Red Wing!”
Like last year, dinnerware and stoneware shared the show jaw droppers. Stoneware experts’ attention was immediately grabbed by a 5-gallon scratched Albany slip jug double-handled and double-stamped on the handle and side. This rare early Red Wing Stoneware Company jug was valued to be $5,000 to $7,000 by expert Larry Peterson. All three dinnerware experts were excited to feast their eyes on recent eBay “lunch hour” plate. It was a Town and Country white dinner plate with a blue flower decoration and date mark on the back. The term “lunch hour” refers only to pieces that were decorated or personalized by pottery workers during their break.
“I’ve seen many ‘lunch hour’ plates over the years, but I can’t recall any on a Town & Country plate,” said Ivy Loughborough. “This plate would be sought after by both Red Wing collectors and collectors of designer Eva Zeisel’s work.”
Thanks to the success of the second year of this event, the organization will hold another Red Wing Pottery Road Show in 2010. If you missed the road show, there are two ways for you to find our more about a Red Wing piece in your possession – the RWCS free “Ask the Experts” service on the RWCS Web site www.RedWingCollectors.org or call the RWCS office at 800-977-7927.
The Red Wing Pottery Museum is managed by the RWCS Foundation. The museum has an extensive representation of characteristic and rare stoneware, art pottery and dinnerware items produced by the pottery industry of Red Wing is displayed and preserved. The museum also contains an important collection of memorabilia, vintage photographs and products related to this industry to provide for current and future educational experiences and scholarly endeavors consistent with the mission of the foundation. It is located on the second floor of the historic Pottery Place Mall, located at 2000 Old West Main Street. It is open daily during mall hours and is free and open to the public. Guided tours can be arranged by contacting Diane Hallstrom at email@example.com.
The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 in Red Wing, Minn. The Society is dedicated to preserving the rich pottery history of Red Wing and other American pottery. There are more than 4,000 members worldwide. The Red Wing Potteries had diverse pottery lines of stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery. For more information or to become a member, contact the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org.