Red Wing collectors expect great auction at annual convention

by the Red Wing Collectors' Society

A signed Red Wing 10 gallon butterfly-decorated salt glaze water cooler, a "Holy Water" cooler and a coveted Potters Excursion jug are just a few of the impressive pieces highlighting the official members-only auction at the Red Wing Collectors Society Convention, July 6-8, in Red Wing, MN.

This 10 gallon straight-sided Red Wing salt glaze water cooler hand-decorated with a cobalt butterfly is one of the top pieces consigned to the official RWCS members-only auction at the RWCS Convention.

The RWCS will celebrate its 40th anniversary at this year's convention, which will unofficially begin on Wednesday, July 5, when the RWCS Foundation holds its "Wine-ing for Red Wing" fundraiser, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing at 240 Harrison St. Admission for the fundraising event is $20; it will feature food and beverages, and silent and live auctions.

The RWCS Convention officially kicks off the next day with a welcome from the city's mayor and a special 40th anniversary keynote address at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 6, at the Minnesota State College Southeast campus at 308 Pioneer Road
in Red Wing.

Historian Nancy Lambert has assembled a group of nearly a dozen RWCS collectors representing the past 40 years that will share insight into their passion for collecting and fond memories as members of the Society. Then RWCS charter members will be recognized and a special 40th Anniversary celebration for members will follow at noon in the college's cafeteria.

The official RWCS members-only auction, which features more than 250 pieces consigned by members, will take place at 4:30 that evening at the Red Wing National Guard Armory at
885 E 7th St. RWCS members will also have their lineup of usual favorites to attend during convention, including street sales held at Red Wing's historic Pottery Place, other stoneware
and pottery auctions held on Tuesday and Wednesday, educational seminars and the official

This rare "Potters Excursion" Red Wing advertising jug is one of more than 250 pieces consigned by RWCS members that will be sold at the RWCS Convention Auction

RWCS Show & Sale at the Red Wing National Guard Armory that begins for members at 9 a.m. Saturday. Other Convention activities include a "Crock Hunt" scavenger hunt around Red Wing, pottery demonstrations by local potter Richard Spiller, and a special display room at Minnesota State College Southeast campus where members create their own unique displays of Red Wing items for the education and enjoyment of attendees.

An annual commemorative will be unveiled and distributed to members beginning Thursday, July 6. The commemorative piece is a closely guarded secret and there is much speculation as to what the piece will be each year. It is a miniature
replica of a Red Wing pottery item with a limited number made. Last year's commemorative was a stoneware advertising mini jug.
To learn more about all the events and activities of the RWCS Convention, visit the RWCS website event page for the Convention.
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