The Gallery is basedat Gill and Roger Bettle’s home in Christchurch Road in the market town of Ringwood on the edge of the New Forest. Viewing is by appointment only please.
Outreach exhibitions are occasionally held during the year at a variety of venues in the town.
The History Of The Gallery
From its beginning the Gallery has enjoyed the collaboration of many notable artists and potters. The early encouragement of David and Kathleen Ballantyne was equalled by that of John Leach; who gave the Gallery the best of starts with a one man show of his excellent work. This set the high standard of work that continues today.
The first ideas for the gallery came in 1988 as an adjunct to Roger Bettle’s Architectural Practice based in Ringwood and so it was that the Gallery opened in 1989 on the ground floor of the architect’s office at 78 Christchurch Road. After a couple of sideways moves and consolidation, some sixteen years later the Gallery found itself at number 82 Christchurch Road and remained there until 2008.
Since opening Bettles Gallery in 1989, Gill and Roger Bettle have built up a first class reputation for displaying quality work by the best known potters, makers and artists from the UK, alongside the lesser known work of newcomers to the world of Studio Ceramics and Fine Art.
The Gallery premises at 82 Christchurch Road, Ringwood was closed in 2008 with work continuing to be exhibited at 63 Christchurch Road, the home of Gill and Roger Bettle. Any of the pieces shown on this web-site can be viewed by appointment.
A limited number of special exhibitions are organised during the year at alternative and interesting venues in the area. Invitations will be sent to customers on our mailing list and details will be published on the ‘News’ page of this website.
Work by painters such as Martin Brewster, Brian Graham, Peter Joyce, Paul Jones, John Austin Williams, Tony Scrivener and Roger Bettle are usually stocked together with ceramics from Mike Dodd, David Leach, John Leach, Nick Rees, Peter Hayes, Chris Carter, John Maltby, Sam Hall, Barry Steadman and many others.