Sinethemba Xola was born in 1980 and raised in a vibrant township called Motherwell in the windy city of Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province, South Africa. He first encountered clay at Russell Road College in Port Elizabeth, where he undertook an extended curriculum of art foundation studies. That was a little over two decades ago and he’s been loyal to the medium of clay ever since.
He has both practical and academic training. He holds a B-Tech Degree in Ceramic Design from Port Elizabeth Technikon and has worked for Light From Africa Foundation as a studio technician and facilitator for ceramics. He then got an opportunity to work for two educational institutions: the College of Cape Town, lecturing on Craft in Ceramics (2005-07), and Central Johannesburg TVET College as a Educator for Craft in Ceramics (2008-2018).
Sinethemba recently moved from Johannesburg to Cape Town, where he currently works at iMiso Ceramics as a studio technician and facilitator of clay workshops, and also practices as an independent ceramic artist.