The Round House Gallery was established in 1989 by Philip and Leah Evans within the High Street of Tutbury, Staffordshire. The aim was to promote the exhibiting and selling of leading craft potters work made in the UK. This goal remains unchanged over twenty five years later. By 1991 the Gallery had been selected for quality by the Crafts Council and this acknowledgement helped get the gallery more established and also saw visitors and customers beating a path to our door from further afield.
The Round House opened with a small exhibition of general work and was followed by an exhibition entitled 3D by 2D the following summer. This was an ambitious show at the time which focused on work by Derek Emms and Derek Clarkson (hence the title). It sold beyond our dreams and looking back was instrumental in establishing the presence of the gallery as an emerging outlet for quality pieces.
In December 1989 we opened the first annual Bakers Dozen Exhibition. This featured thirteen leading potters exhibiting a minimum of thirteen pieces of work each. This format has continued until the present day and by November 2015 the 26th Bakers Dozen was opened which has remained as popular as ever.
By 1998 a growing family and a growing business required more space all round. In 1999 the Tutbury gallery was closed and re-opened in Foston, Derbyshire which is about four miles away from its original site. The exhibition space is much larger and remains a much better site to hold private views. The Bakers Dozen continued along with summer shows such as the 70th Birthday exhibition by Derek Emms in 2003, and John Maltby one man exhibitions in 2013 and 2015. We are currently planning a retrospective exhibition by Chis Carter for early 2016. We were one of the first galleries to be selected for the OWN ART scheme and ten years later this remains a popular and less painful way to purchase more expensive work by spreading the cost equally over 10 months at an 0% interest rate. A warm welcome awaits if you decide to make a visit.