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Red Wing will not only be home to the Red Wing Collectors Society convention this summer, but it’s also where the commemorative pieces will be made.

Red Wing Stoneware will manufacture the pieces, as well as cobalt-decorated, 2-gallon salt glaze water coolers to be auctioned off to benefit the society during the convention, RWCS announced Tuesday.

“Keeping Red Wing Stoneware and Red Wing Pottery alive and in Red Wing is huge for the community, so this is the perfect time to have them create our commemorative,” RWCS commemorative manager Bob Morawski said.

This is only the second time the commemorative piece has been made in Red Wing. The last time was in 2007, RWCS executive director Stacy Wegner said.

The pieces have previously been made by Maple City Pottery in Illinois for the past several years, and prior to that at Western Stoneware, also in Illinois, Wegner said.

“It’s exciting,” Wegner said of bringing the manufacturing back to Red Wing. “There’s so many exciting things that are going on with Red Wing Pottery and Red Wing Stoneware coming together … and with the (new pottery) museum opening its doors, it’s the perfect opportunity to really come together and promote the Red Wing Collectors Society.”

Bruce and Irene Johnsons purchased Red Wing Stoneware from Tom Woodruff last November, according to the RWCS, and then Red Wing Pottery from Scott Gillmer in December.

“We want to build a long-term relationship with the society by creating a high-quality commemorative that’s on time and on budget,” Irene Johnson said. “We’re also going to do everything we can to promote the club, because the society’s success directly impacts us.”

“We’re really excited to join on this path with Red Wing Stoneware and Red Wing Pottery,” Wegner said.

The subject of each year’s commemorative piece is kept secret until the Thursday of Convention Week — this year, July 10.

The 2013 commemorative piece was a bulldog. For the first time, an accessory piece — a dog food dish — was commissioned.

The Johnsons plan many activities during the convention, which will run July 10-12 in Red Wing, including the Red Wing Stoneware factory tours.

They also are remodeling the Red Wing Pottery Salesroom and plan for other businesses in the building to re-open before the convention, according to Tuesday’s news release. Among other plans, they hope to open a pottery classroom at the Pottery Salesroom as well.

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Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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