Book on Peeler Pottery published

Monday, December 21, 2009

GREENCASTLE -- The Putnam County Museum recently announced the publication and release of its second book, "Peeler Pottery; A Retrospective."

The 342-page book tells the story of Richard and Marj Peeler from their meeting in 1941 as art students at Indianapolis Arsenal Tech High School through their college and courting years and the building of their self-constructed rammed earth home in southern Putnam County.

It continues with the story of Richard's tenure on the art faculty at DePauw University, where the new Peeler Art Center is named in his honor.

In 1972, Richard retired from DePauw, and, together with Marj, opened Peeler Pottery, a production studio they built in their backyard.

They worked as a team producing utilitarian and artistic pottery until Richard's death in 1996.

The major emphasis of the book is documenting, through 756 color photos, the beauty and diversity of the Peelers' artistic creations.

Their pottery is the major focus of the book, but their sculptures, Richard's wood turnings and Marj's fabric and gourd art are also covered.

The book is available through the museum as a limited edition hard bound volume with dust jacket for $75 or soft bound for $40.

The Putnam County Museum is located at 1105 North Jackson St., Greencastle.

The book may be purchased at the museum, ordered by phone at 653-8419, by email at or through their Web site

For more information or questions contact Tanis Monday at 653-8419 or

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