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Dorothy Thompson (left) and Doris Gardas found plates in the Pottery Museum of Red Wing that they may have painted when they worked at Red Wing Pottery in the 1940s and ‘50s.

Different strokes

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By Ruth Nerhaugen, contributor

Well over half a century has passed, but former plate painters Dorothy Thompson of Prescott and Doris Gardas of Hager City remember vividly their days as plate painters for Red Wing Pottery.

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It was a first job for both women, who started working at the pottery as teenagers.

Thompson, the former Dorothy Murphy of Red Wing, got to know the industry first as a little girl.

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