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will also be on hand, broadcasting a live remote at the tent from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Drawings for prizes will also take place, so itís sure to be a fun time.
An annual commemorative will be unveiled and distributed to members beginning Thursday, July 8. 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, contributing to their increase in value in following years. Last yearís commemorative stoneware bean pot was well received by the membership.
The event kicks off with a keynote presentation from former Red Wing Pottery plant superintendent Jerry Mewhorter at 10:30 a.m. July 8 in the Hove Auditorium at Red Wing High School, 2451 Eagle Ridge Dr. The presentation will be open to the public.
A good selection of educational seminar topics are also on tap for Friday, July 9, including an orientation for first timers, demonstrations by a working potter from Ephraim Pottery "throwing" pieces on a wheel, Red Wing 101, recent finds from the old pottery dump, Red Wing dinnerware, identifying stoneware "fakes", North Dakota potteries, undecorated Watt ware and correct methods for using stoneware for canning practices.
Another unique aspect of the RWCS Convention is the participation of the younger generation through the KidsView program. The Society is on the leading edge of creating engaging and educational ways to get the younger generations involved in collecting. The focus on these RWCS members is an important part of the vision of the Society to ensure its continued existence and growth. There are many interactive and challenging activities and seminars for children of all ages to get involved in, such as learning how to bid at an auction, what to look for in an antique, and several hands-on pottery creation projects.
The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded in 1977 in Red Wing, Minn. and is devoted to educating people about all American pottery. There are more than 4,000 members worldwide. The Red Wing Potteries had diverse pottery lines that included stoneware, dinnerware and art pottery. For more information or to become a member, call the RWCS business office at 800-977-7927, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.redwingcollectors.org.
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