Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation

The Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation maintains the Pottery Museum of Red Wing located in a district where pottery was manufactured until the original Red Wing Potteries closed in 1967.


The idea for the RWCS Foundation originated from the Vision Committee of the Red Wing Collectors Society. A special committee of RWCS members formally established the Foundation in 2000. An independent, volunteer, 13 member Board of Directors elects twelve directors to staggered three-year terms. The Foundation is recognized as a federal tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.


The Foundation endeavors to provide information about the role of Red Wing stoneware, art pottery, and dinnerware in American history and culture to broaden public knowledge. This effort includes community outreach programs, educational videos, displays, and walking tours. The Foundation encourages and supports scholarly activity that would result in new knowledge and publications. The Foundation gives a scholarship to students who are studying in areas of ceramic history, ceramic engineering or pottery making.​

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The Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation is dedicated to gathering historical information and items, presenting these to the public in informative ways, and preserving the cultural heritage of the pottery industry that thrived in Red Wing, Minnesota.

CURRENT RWCS FOUNDATION BOARD

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Suzanne Blue, Red Wing, has owned and operated Sturdiwheat Foods, Inc. since 1995.  The company’s Sturdiwheat pancake and baking mixes are sold throughout the Midwest through grocery distributors.


She is involved in community affairs, chairing the Red Wing Area Fund and is a member of the Board of Red Wing Shoe Co. and the Red Wing Shoe Foundation. At the state level, Suzanne is a member of the Minnesota Historical Society Board, Minnesota Audubon Society Board, and the National Eagle Center Board. Her hobbies include paddling, birding and oral history. 

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 Danaè R. Quirk Dorr has been intrigued and fascinated by the products and history of the Red Wing Potteries for nearly twenty years.This interest led her to become a member of RWCS in 2007 and she is now currently serving as Vice President of the RWCS Facebook Chapter. Danaè is also a member of the Iowa and the Badger Chapters and enjoys attending their meetings which enables her to spend time with other collectors.Although her primary focus is North Star Stoneware, Danaè also collects other stoneware products produced in Red Wing during the nineteenth century.  She has presented on these interests at RWCS events and while giving tours to guests of the Pottery Museum of Red ing.


Danaè is a university professor with experience co-authoring books, articles, and grants.  She is excited to bring her background as an educator along with her commitment to service to the Foundation Board.

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John Duffy took his first job in the grocery industry at the age of 16. He progressed from bagging groceries to a management position and worked in every department as he advanced his career. John has said he "has a deep desire to help the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation grow and be financially secure."


He has been a Red Wing Pottery Collector for 46 years.  John and his wife, Donna, have a collection of approximately 850 pieces. He describes their collection as eclectic. John and Donna have been married 48 years and live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Tom Dvorscek first became aware of the Red Wing Collectors Society on a chance visit to the Ice House Antiques in the summer of 1985. It’s been a fun and fulfilling journey ever since. He stated, "I personally value and enjoy the many relationships formed during our collecting journey. Its been an exciting hobby for me, a tremendous learning experience, and a pleasant diversion to the normal every workday life." He has volunteered on several RWCS convention committees over the past 20 years and has helped to staff the museum during the riverboat excursions. He has loaned several pieces to the museum over the last ten years. He said, "it's a small part I can play in its displays. It is truly a WORLD CLASS Museum and should be promoted as such."


 Born and raised in the Chicago area, he met his wife, Ann, at Illinois State University. They have two grown children in the Minneapolis area where they had resided for over 35 years. Recently retired, Tom built a new home across the river from Red Wing in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin. Tom holds a B.S. in Business Administration and his work experience includes 40 years in outside sales management experience with Invensys, Emerson Motor, and Nidec Motor Corporation. He most recently spent 5 years based in Denver, Colorado – Account Manager, Western Region for Nidec Industrial Motor Division. He said, "I feel competent in computer usage and familiar with how business organizations function in terms of target planning, forecasting, and long -term strategic planning."


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Diane Hallstrom has served on the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation Board since 2000 when it was created, with the exception of one year, and has held the offices of Vice President and Treasurer. She and her husband Dave have been collecting Red Wing stoneware and art pottery for over 35 years. Diane has been a member of the Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) since 1980 and served as convention chair from 1989 – 1997. She was elected to the RWCS Hall of Fame in 2003, along with her husband Dave. Diane and Dave have been members of the Cannon Valley Red Wing Collector Club since it was chartered in 1980.


Diane’s Red Wing collecting interests include earliest salt glazed stoneware, lunch hour pieces, art pottery, and Red Wing memorabilia. She has a strong passion for preserving the Red Wing’s clay industries artifacts and history.  


Dave and Diane own and operate Hallstrom’s Florist & Greenhouses, a fourth generation business which was established in 1886 in Red Wing, Minnesota.   dianehallstrom1@gmail.com

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Steve Johnson grew up using Red Wing crocks and churns in rural southeastern Minnesota.  The one-room school he attended had a water cooler instead of running water.   Steve joined the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation Board in 2017 and currently serves as secretary.


Steve was a museum volunteer from interior demolition to completion of the new space.  He continues to give tours, work in the gift store, help design and build displays, teach school groups, and serve on the museum stewardship team.  His Red Wing collecting interests include transition crocks, Minnesota advertising, and Albany slip pitchers.  He also collects hand forged tools, primitive furniture, and home-made toys. Beyond the objects themselves, he strives to preserve the historical context of the people who made and used them.


Steve retired from teaching in 2011.  He lives south of the Twin Cities near the town of Prior Lake where he feeds the birds and maintains a few acres of wildlife habitat.  His email is sj7448@integra.net.


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John Kirchner and his wife, Cheri, have been collecting Red Wing since 1986.  He said, "we always believe that the best part of this collectible is the friendships that you gather through the years." He has been a member of the Red Wing Collectors Society since the early 1990s.  His interests have included: water coolers, spongeband, sponged pieces and salt glaze stoneware.  


Through the years his vocations have included: 20 years of teaching and administrating in a private school in Edina, several years of Managing a Litigation Support office in St. Paul and serving as a Communications Consultant for nonprofits currently. He said, "my gifts are Arranging (helping individuals find their best place to serve), Vision, Fundraising and Communication."


"I have a passion for Red Wing as a collectible and the museum is way to continue introducing new collectors to the history of this special place."

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 Dave Kuffel  has been involved with the Foundation Board and museum since its inception. An avid Red Wing stoneware collector for over 35 years, Dave has attended all annual Red Wing Collector Society Conventions and Mid-Winter "Get-Togethers" since 1980. Dave has also presented several Red Wing Collector Society Convention seminars including; "Bee Hive Appreciation," "Advertising Bee Hive Jugs,"  "Red Wing Stoneware With Food Advertising,"  "Identifying Red Wing Advertising,"  "Collecting According To Kuf," and "The Ledger." His primary Red Wing interest is in merchant advertising on beehive jugs, butter jars, crocks, and hand thrown pottery items.


Other interests include wood bodied automobiles, and mission style architecture and home furnishings. Dave served as president of the National Woodie Club. Dave's professional background in facility planning and interior space design was instrumental in developing the layout of the new Pottery Museum of Red Wing. He has a strong background in systems furniture, interior space design and construction, facility administration, and facility data management. He makes his home in Libertyville IL.    davekuffel@sbcglobal.net


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Nancy Lambert joined the Foundation Board in July 2013 and currently serves as Historian of the Red Wing Collectors Society. Nancy joined the RWCS in 1997 and loves all things Red Wing especially brushed ware. She has been a volunteer for the Collectors Society in many areas and produced a book about the Society's commemoratives produced from 1998-2012. In 2014 she published a book, Kansas & Missouri Advertising Stoneware, made in Red Wing, Minnesota. It includes photographs of the stoneware and brief histories about the people and businesses whose advertising is stamped on the wares. All profit from the sale of that book goes to Pottery Museum operating expenses.


Nancy is a charter member of the Trails West (Kansas-Missouri) Chapter and served as Treasurer for 10 years. Nancy holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Her other interests include art, gardening and travel. She also collects Roseville and Van Briggle art pottery and has an appreciation for the arts and crafts movement. After 37 years as a professional in the printing industry, Nancy retired and now she and her husband, Wayne, make their home in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Nancy can be reached at historian@redwingcollectors.org. 


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Carolyn Lueck and her late husband, Stan, collected Red Wing Stoneware for over 40 years and have been members of the Red Wing Collector Society since 2000.  Their primary focus was Ribcage Stoneware, but also collected Bob White Dinnerware, club and chapter commemoratives, and various other Minnesota Stoneware and Red Wing jugs, churns, crocks and coolers. Carolyn is a member of several chapters including the Rocky Mountain, Trails West, Badger State and Florida Sunshine chapters. She is also an active member of the National Autumn Leaf Collectors Club and collect Jewel Tea products and Autumn Leaf dinnerware and porcelain pieces.


Carolyn is a retired chief financial officer from Pueblo City Schools, a district of 17000 students and a $200-million budget.  Upon retirement in 2007, she started her own business providing business and accounting services to charter schools and small districts when needed during difficult and troubled times.  Carolyn hopes to bring her accounting and finance expertise to the Red Wing Collector Society Foundation as one of its newest board members. Carolyn currently lives in Altoona, Wisconsin. LueckMDFJewelTea@gmail.com

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Debbie Mischke began learning about the stoneware and pottery industry in Red Wing in 1979 when RWCS charter member Martha Behrens invited Debbie and her husband, Brent, to her home and gave them a 2 gal. wing crock as a wedding present. Brent is originally from Red Wing and his grandmother and aunt were painters at the Red Wing Potteries. Debbie has attended the RWCS convention every year since 1981. She has served as vice president of the Trails West Chapter (Kansas-Missouri) and has been president of the chapter since 2014.


Debbie has partnered with Brent presenting seminars at several RWCS conventions and writing a number of articles for the RWCS Newsletter.  Debbie also collects salt glazed stoneware from E.S.&B. Stoneware Co and miniatures from Sherwood Bros. Company. Both companies were located in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, Debbie’s hometown.


Professionally, Debbie worked as a Research Chemist for 33 years. She and Brent live in Defiance, Missouri, which is about 50 miles west of St. Louis.

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Larry Peterson has been collecting Red Wing stoneware and art pottery for over 45 years. He has served on the Foundation Board since its inception, with the exception of one year. He is currently President of the Board and was Treasurer for eight years. He served as Project Manager for the new Pottery Museum located in the Pottery Place Annex. Larry is also a charter member of the Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS), and served as their Education Chair from 1992-1996. He was elected to the RWCS Hall of Fame in 1999 and has also served as president of the Cannon Valley Chapter of RWCS. Larry has enjoyed participating in every RWCS Convention and MidWinter GetTogether and has co-authored three books: Red Wing Stoneware, Red Wing Collectibles, and Red Wing Stoneware Encyclopedia.


Larry owns "Larry's Jugs" in Red Wing, Minnesota, the only shop in the nation that specializes in the stoneware and art pottery of Red Wing. Larry's specialty is Red Wing stoneware. He lives in Farmington, Minnesota, with his wife, Pauline, and has retired from serving as a regional manager for Edina Realty. larrypeterson@edinarealty.com

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Gary Tyc has been collecting Red Wing stoneware and various antiques for over 30 years.
He previously served as a Foundation Board member from 2009-2011 and was President of the RWCS Colorado Chapter from 1994 through 1997. His primary collecting interest is merchant advertising, crocks, churns, beehive jugs and various salt glaze pieces.


Professionally he is the CFO of a mutual fund company with headquarters in New York City and Tucson, Arizona. Gary has resided in the Tucson area for the past 17 years.

PREVIOUS FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS

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The Pottery Museum of Red Wing relies on donations, gifts and grants for its operating expenses. The Museum is maintained by the RWCS Foundation which is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Foundation maintains the Pottery Museum of Red Wing located in a district where pottery was manufactured until the original Red Wing Potteries closed in 1967.