HOW ITS MADE
With a history of over 140 years, the clay industry in Red Wing continues producing functional ceramics. Our factory and retail store just off highway 61 at 4909 Moundview Drive just northwest of town is busy producing traditional stoneware crocks, jugs, mugs, plates, and bowls with the classic cobalt blue design and exclusive Red Wing stamp.
All of our products are lead free, microwave and dishwasher safe.
ZINC GLAZED POTTERY
Dry clay is brought in from several states, including Tennessee, South Dakota, and Virginia. We carefully blend those clays, using our exclusive formula. Three different methods are then used to form the individual pieces.
1. Some is hand thrown by our potters on a potter’s wheel. You can watch them through a window from the retail shop, or take a tour and see the whole process.
2. Slip (liquified clay) is poured into plaster molds that are designed and produced in house by our master mold makers for other items.
3. Other pieces are pressed into shape by a ram press with molds created on site.
Once formed, the pieces are hand finished by a team of skilled artisans. Trimming, adding handles, glazing and hand painting are done before firing in one of our three natural gas kilns. Temperatures get over 2,000 degrees, with some pieces fired more than once.
You can be sure that the rich history of pottery production in Red Wing will enhance the value of owning an authentic piece of Red Wing Pottery.
Take home a piece of history!