From the late 1800s to the 1930s, many merchants sold their wares in Red Wing crocks, pots, and jugs stamped with their company advertising. Numerous examples of these advertising pieces, stamped with unique designs and text under the glaze, are on display.

Unique designs and shapes glazed in a wide variety of colors are on display. Many pieces were designed by famous artists like Belle Kogan, Eva Zeisel and
Charles Murphy.
The Pottery Museum has a treasure trove of vintage photographs with over 2000 in the collection, many by photographer Phil Revoir.
From beautiful salt glazed folk art to durable zinc glaze stoneware these utilitarian pieces  are displayed in a timeline that shows how they changed over time when impacted by need and later by modern inventions such as refrigeration.​

What will you discover at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing?

The Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation  supports the Pottery Museum of Red Wing and maintains it for the purpose of sharing information with the public about the pottery industry that once played an influential role in the culture of Red Wing, Minnesota.

To that end, the Museum features dozens of displays highlighting both the common and rare examples of the products produced here, including stoneware, art pottery, and dinnerware. Several exhibits feature artifacts used daily in the production of various clay products. Displays of finished products demonstrate the wide range of items produced by the Red Wing pottery industry including hand decorated, salt glazed stoneware of the highest quality to be found anywhere, molded zinc stoneware, advertising ware, art pottery and dinnerware. The Museum also contains an important collection of memorabilia, vintage photographs, and products related to the local clay industry to provide for current and future educational experiences and scholarly endeavors consistent with the mission of the Foundation.

For decades, Americans throughout the country encountered the clay products of Red Wing in their daily lives. A visit to the Museum is likely to bring back warm memories of family meals and the Red Wing products used to prepare and serve them.

The Pottery Museum is located in the Pottery Place Annex in the historic pottery district near downtown Red Wing, Minnesota and is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Pottery Museum of Red Wing

​  240 Harrison St.  Red Wing,  MN  55066    Tues - Sat 9-5  &  Sun 11 - 4    (651) 327 2220


Sometimes, during free time or a lunch break, pottery workers created unique pieces for themselves, family members, or friends. The Museum has many examples of these prized pieces of folk art.


You are sure to recognize something from your childhood when you see the 100+ patterns that were produced, most of them hand painted.

The Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce named the Pottery Museum 2014 Business of the Year in the Arts & Entertainment, Lodging, Recreation & Tourism catagory

Visit the Museum and you will learn about the historical clay industry in Red Wing. You will discover how the products evolved over time because of new inventions such as refrigeration.