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Annual pottery luncheon celebrates weddings

A Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation event, the luncheon was inspired by a newspaper clipping from 1953. Museum Manager Robin Wipperling said the story described a luncheon put on by Red Wing Potteries to celebrate that year’s anniversary.

Ladies of the community were invited to come and see the new dinnerware designs. Guest speaker was William Ware, who designed patterns including the popular Capistrano.


Wipperling decided to recreate the event, but with some changes.

As people gather at noon at the St. James, they will have an opportunity to visit with Jane Struss, who was among women pottery workers who painted plates. Other former painters may also be on hand, Wipperling said.

There will be music and beverages, and people can bid on silent auction items including themed baskets and original Red Wing pottery that has been donated for fundraising purposes.

At 12:30 p.m. a California salad with chicken and fruit will be served on Red Wing dinnerware. Hanisch Bakery is donating cupcakes for dessert.

Wipperling decided to have a style show again this year partly because last year’s parade of fashions linked to dinnerware patterns through the decades was a success.

Beyond that, she said, “I have heard more couples say, ‘I got that Red Wing dinnerware pattern for my wedding.'” Seeing those patterns again and matching them with wedding gowns from the different eras should be entertaining for all.

At least one of the vintage gowns will be displayed rather than worn by a model. Wipperling has the original dress, veil and underslip from the Ruth and Lawrence Horstmann wedding that took place Oct. 27, 1945.

Family and friends will model several other gowns from the 1950s to the 1980s, plus a few bridesmaid dresses. The models will be head-to-toe in lace and pearls, velvet and organza, with headpieces and veils and trains, plus they will be carrying flowers donated by Hallstrom Florist.

Emcee will be Nancy Barth, who will make sure the event is interactive, Wipperling said.

Affair for Dinnerware is open to everyone — men and women. Seating is limited to 72; tickets are $40. There will be door prizes, and people will have an opportunity to purchase the table decorations ‑ Red Wing vases filled with fresh flowers.

Proceeds benefit the museum, but the event does more than raise money, Wipperling said. It also educates people about dinnerware and its history and enhances awareness of the museum and its mission.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum gift store or by calling 651-327-2220.

If you go…

Who: Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation

What: Affair for Dinnerware

When: Noon-3 p.m. May 19

Where: Victorian Dining Room at St. James Hotel

How much: $40 per person

More info: Pottery Museum gift store, 651-327-2220

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