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Red Wing Retro

Who knew that the serendipitous discovery of substantial natural clay bodies near Red Wing, Minn. by German potter John Paul in 1861 would, over 140 years later, still resonate with so many people – collectors, curators, historians and anyone who loves beautiful design?

The Minnesota Historical Society is developing a collection of Red Wing stoneware, artware and dinnerware. Several hundred pieces from this collection, as well as some on loan for the occasion, will be on view at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul through April 1, 2007. “Red Wing Retro: Extraordinary Pottery, Everyday Life” celebrates the ingenuity of this signature Minnesota company and demonstrates the impact of the thousands of varied products it marketed nationally.

Some selections from the exhibit: