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.