About Ray

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Ray Reiss owner and host of Ray’s Bucktown Bed and Breakfast

Part pied piper, part Renaissance man, Ray Reiss brings a colorful presence to his B&B. A photographer, book author, collector, cooking and birding enthusiast, Ray worked as a successful commercial photographer for more than 25 years, for which he traveled to more than 50 countries. In 1995, he wrote Red Wing Art Pottery, a book that has become the standard for Red Wing art pottery collectors. He also wrote two other books, Red Wing Dinnerware Price and Identification Guide and Red Wing Art Pottery Two.

His passion for collecting is evident throughout his eclectic building; different areas are decorated with his various collections such as Red Wing Art Pottery, cameras, PEZ dispensers, shoe trees, cake breakers, old crockery and jugs (including an antique still), and Red Wing Dinnerware.

Ray has always had a passion for cooking and entertaining: His large parties are legendary among his friends (and their friends too), always providing a lavish spread of wonderful food he personally cooked in his professional style kitchen.

Besides his duties as an innkeeper, he still finds time for his passion of traveling, birding and an occasional No-Limit Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament.


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