Franschhoek Wine Valley

David Walters at the Ceramics Gallery Franschhoek

Roubaix House is the home, studio and gallery of distinguished South African potter, David Walters.

Starting his career with a Fine Arts Degree in 1974, David’s first studio was in Hilton, Natal. This was followed in the 1980’s by a bigger stdio at Caversham Mill where he and his wife Michelle were the founders and driving force behind the Midlands Meander. In 1987 the family moved to England and set up studio in a restored Baptist Chapel in Kenninghall, Norfolk.

Returning to South Africa in 1998, David and Michelle bought and renovated Roubaix House situated in the historic heart of the village of Franschhoek. The downstairs studio offers visitors an insight into the production of studio ceramics, where David can be seen at work. Using white clays like stoneware and porcelain, the work is thrown on the wheel, and fired in a gas reduction kiln on the premises. Highly usable pots are made in this way, as well as decorated smoke fired pieces and stand alone collectable bowls,urns and platters – and some slumped glass too. David designs plates, bowls, and other tableware that is used in local restaurants. The gallery comprises three intimate showrooms where recent work is offered for sale.


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Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

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Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road

Office hours
Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 17h00
Sunday’s: 09h00 – 16h00

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861