No, it's not quite the same as a Tupperware party. Instead of buying Peeler pottery, the Putnam County Museum invites people who have collected Peeler pottery over the years to bring in examples to share with the community.
From 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, collectors can bring in Peeler pots, bowls, plates, sculptures, birdhouses, and more to be photographed. The museum will also accept photographs of collections. Scott Cooper, a local potter who has worked with Marj Peeler in the past, will photograph pottery brought to the museum. These photographs will be displayed as part of the Richard & Marj Peeler: A Retrospective exhibit through Sept. 29.
"This might be the first step in producing a photographic collection of Peeler works," said Dr. Warren Macy, museum vice president and organizer of the event. "Scott Cooper has been generous with his time and will also have some of his work available during the party." Macy has a large Peeler collection himself. When asked what he might bring to the Party, Macy said, "Probably the Peeler Pickle. I've never seen anything else like it."
"The current exhibit shows Peeler work from Marj Peeler's personal collection and a few pieces from DePauw University Galleries," said museum director Stacy Klingler. "We had so many visitors describing what Peeler pottery they have at home that we wanted to give them an opportunity to share."
Treats from Fillmore's "Bert & Betty's Kitchen" will add extra flavor to the party.
The museum will host a second Peeler Pottery Party in August or September.
The Putnam County Museum is located at 1105 N. Jackson St. in Greencastle. For more information, contact the museum at 653-8419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regular museum hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment.