Peeler Pottery: A Retrospective Details Work of Former Professor & His Wife

Peeler Pottery: A Retrospective Details Work of Former Professor & His Wife

November 20, 2009

Peeler Pottery cover.jpgNovember 20, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — The life work of the late Richard E. Peeler, a longtime professor of art at DePauw and 1949 graduate of the University, and his wife, Marj, is detailed in a new book, Peeler Pottery: A Retrospective. It has been published in published in both hardbound and softbound editions by the Putnam County Museum.

The Peelers moved to rural Reelsville, Indiana, when Richard returned to his alma mater in 1958 to teach ceramics, sculpture and photography. A prolific artistic duo, the Peelers welcomed many DePauw students and visitors to their home and studio for more than 40 years.

Richard Peeler retired from the DePauw faculty in 1972, and Richard and Marj became full-time potters, working out of the Peeler Pottery Studio -- located on their property -- until Richard’s death in 1998. Peeler pottery is now found in collections throughout the world.

Marj Peeler has taken the lead in producing the new 352-page book. Presented in an 11 x 8.5-inch format featuring approximately 600 photos that depict the Peelers’ lives, studio and artistic creations. It also includes Bits and Pieces From the Mosaic of Our Lives, an autobiography Marj Peeler wrote several years ago.

For more information, visit the Putnam County Museum online, call (765) 653-8419 or e-mail

Dedicated in 2002, DePauw's Richard E. Peeler Art Center is dedicated to the former professor. Learn more in this previous story.