VISIT THE POTTERY MUSEUM OF RED WING

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WHAT WILL YOU DISCOVER?

Dozens of displays highlight both the common and rare examples of products produced in Red Wing pottery factories, including stoneware, art pottery, and dinnerware. Several exhibits feature artifacts used daily in the production of various clay products. Displays of finished products demonstrate the wide range of items produced by the Red Wing pottery industry including hand decorated, salt glazed stoneware of the highest quality, molded zinc stoneware, advertising ware, art pottery, and dinnerware. The Museum also contains an important collection of memorabilia, vintage photographs, and products related to the local clay industry to provide for current and future educational experiences and scholarly endeavors.

 

STONEWARE

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From beautiful salt glazed folk art to durable zinc glaze stoneware, these utilitarian pieces are displayed in a timeline that shows how they changed over time when impacted by need and later by modern inventions, such as refrigeration.​

ADVERTISING STONEWARE

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From the late 1800s to the 1930s, many merchants sold their wares in Red Wing crocks, pots, and jugs stamped with their company advertising. Numerous examples of these advertising pieces, stamped with unique designs and text under the glaze, are on display.

VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS

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The Pottery Museum has a treasure trove of vintage photographs, many by photographer Phil Revoir.
The collection contains over 2000 photographs, depicting the history of the pottery companies and illustrating how the ware was manufactured.  

ART POTTERY

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Unique designs and shapes glazed in a wide variety of colors are on display. Many pieces were designed by famous artists like Belle Kogan, Eva Zeisel and 
Charles Murphy.

LUNCH HOUR PIECES

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Sometimes, during free time or a lunch break, pottery workers created unique pieces for themselves, family members, or friends. The Museum has many examples of these prized pieces of folk art.

DINNERWARE

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You are sure to recognize something from your childhood when you see the 100+ patterns of dinnerware, including teapots and cookie jars, produced by Red Wing potteries, most of them hand painted.

  

For decades, Americans throughout the country encountered the
clay products of Red Wing in their daily lives.
A visit to the Museum is likely to bring back warm memories of family meals
and the Red Wing products used to prepare and serve them.