It’s exciting to think that this year will be the 35th time that Red Wing stoneware, dinnerware, and art pottery collectors will gather in Red Wing, MN. The 35th Annual Red Wing Collectors Society ConventionÂ is in just 27 weeks – July 7-9!
The first Convention was held at the Goodhue County Historical Society grounds and it was only for one day. From the photos taken one can see that participantsÂ brought their pieces to show and tellÂ displaying them on blankets and maybe some tables too. One of the highlights of that first Convention was the book byÂ Lyndon VielÂ ”The Clay Giants.”
The Clay Giants was a hot new book that just came out withÂ lots of great information on the Red Wing Potteries and photos of the production, buildings, and pieces.
This first meeting was the seed that started the Red Wing Collectors Society. All the people who joined at that first Convention,Â are considered Charter Members Today!Â Membership numbers are still issued in chronological order and I am excited to say that we issue already three new membership this year!
Join today and your membership number would be 15960.Â That means that over the past 35 yearsÂ the RWCS has issued that many members numbers. I wonder when and to whom we will issueÂ #16,000.Â
Could it beÂ you? Will it happen at MidWinterÂ in Des Moines, IA – February 11-13?Â Will it happen at a Flea Market, Auction, or Antique Show? Will they come from our Facebook Group, someone following us on Twitter, our eBay listings, or a simple call to the office?
It would be exciting to issue the 16,000 membership number at the 35th Annual Convention, I can’t wait to find out!
Whoever you are and when ever you join, I look forward to welcoming you as a member of Red Wing family!
That’s all for now!
Executive Director, RWCS