After 142 years in business, iconic Red Wing Stoneware shop to close

The company has operated since 1877.

A Red Wing staple is closing this month, ending a more than century-long legacy.

The iconic Red Wing Stoneware pottery company will close its doors in September, the company’s owners announced on Facebook Monday. The company cited low-cost competitors as a reason for ceasing manufacturing and sales.

The company will close its store at 4909 Moundview Dr., its current retail location. In the transition period, Red Wing Stoneware will continue to sell its products and could continue to work on special projects after the location has closed.

“There are several other opportunities we have been presented with and in order to focus on some of those businesses, we need to stop industrial manufacturing of pottery. We may continue to make a few custom pieces and products but will also entertain any interest in the business and brands,” the post read.

Current owners Bruce and Irene Johnson purchased the company in 2013, when it was on the brink of closure, according to Red Wing Stoneware’s website.

While the company has operated under several names, Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery was originally established in 1877.

“We would like to thank all our customers! The love and passion for the brands is so special and so appreciate,” the post read. “We thank you for the opportunity to serve you and hope you enjoy these products for decades to come.” 

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