Our friend Birgit traveled to Japan a while back. She found these cups from Red Wing Stoneware Co. and thought it was Red Wing Shoes merchandising. Unaware they have no direct connection to the shoes she took a picture for us. We knew that Red Wing was also famous for its pottery, but we were quite amazed it is sold as far away as Japan.
Red Wing has been the place for pottery since German immigrants introduced it there in 1865. There have been multiple companies producing a variety of stoneware. This florishing business continued until 1967, when Red Wing Potteries stopped its production. The industry could no longer compete with Asian competitors. This old style of pottery is still highly valued by collectors and enthusiasts. A number of companies currently produce pottery in Red Wing. For instance Red Wing Pottery and Red Wing Stoneware, which produced the cups above.