A Funeral For An Object – Grieving My Broken Red Wing

R.I.P. – The rare and elegantly unique form known to certain ceramic collectors as “Hot Beverage Server/Red Wing/Driftwood/1957.

The fine example of American mid-century ceramics passed out of this realm and into a landfill due to an accident attributed to the collector’s nearsightedness and a mishap involving a dropped skillet. Alcohol was not involved.

Attempts to repair the breakage were unsuccessful and resulted in crazy glue “just all over everywhere.”

Hot Beverage Server was 58 years old, manufactured in Minnesota and remained in mint condition with no cracks or crazing until the time of the accident.

Donations in memory of H.B.S. may be made in the name of “Aunt Alice” to The Red Wing Collector’s Society.

A silent funeral service for the rare form was held on the couch in the living room last night. In attendance were several valued objects from the collector’s personal cache of meaningful things including; the six Campus Cuties, an actual piece of driftwood, a red winged Breezy Singer, the blue marble egg and John Badum’s bell (which was silenced as a poignant gesture of the group’s quiet mourning. Other Driftwood ’57 examples from Red Wing’s first ever dish washer safe line of ceramics attended the service also and included the sugar bowl, salt and pepper and the sadly veiled butter dish. A framed photo of the Hot Beverage Server was displayed behind the remains and recalled it’s once elegant curved handle that now layed useless and fractured near the small swirl topped hand painted lid of the turquoise glazed ceramic.

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Clay to Bisque

Bisque to Glazed

Fragile finery gone forever.

Thank- you for your sympathies as I grieve for the loss of this used twice but admired daily Red Wing showstopper.

FYI – Hot beverages will now be served individually in Barbra or Judy mugs only until further notice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch Symposium 2015

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Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor
The fifteenth annual fashion symposium, Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch,  will explore the creative links between Bartsch’s 30 years of sartorial self-expression and its influence on the global fashion scene.

Twenty speakers will discuss the impact and the influence that Susanne Bartsch has had on fashion and nightlife. Speakers include Simon Doonan (Creative Ambassador-at-Large of Barneys New York), Stephen Jones (milliner), and Peter McNeil (professor at University of Technology Sydney and at Stockholm University).

Admission to the symposium is free!

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Oct 23rd – 2-5pm

Dr. Ann Ilan Alter, “Costumes, Cross-Dressing, and Masquerades at Parisian Carnival Balls: Transgressive, Reactionary, or Fashion as Usual?”
Joey Arias and Dr. Peter McNeil, in conversation”
Zaldy and Dr. Valerie Steele, in conversation
Waleed Khairzada and Jessica Grindstaff, in conversation
Jeffrey Hinton and Billy Beyond (Erb), in conversation, followed by a screening of the film 80’s Is a Blur, by Jeffrey Hinton