Clive Sithole has reached new levels of maturity in his ceramic work within the past few years. Using the theme of izimpondo, the horns of cattle, and isigqiki, headrests, as visual tropes, Sithole has created a sense of continuity and development as he experiments with surface treatments and the seemingly infinite variety of neck shapes in his uphiso-inspired works. He constantly innovates technically, reads every book he can find on ceramic arts, and is a member or board member of many local and national arts organizations. Sithole’s non-representational allusions to concepts of cattle as a grounding and spiritually significant theme are a testament to his deep respect for and interest in Zulu cosmology. This imagery offers Sithole a way to tie masculine concepts into a historically women’s art form.
The South African art world looks forward to seeing the innovations and artistic revitalization that are sure to come of Sithole’s current participation in a degree programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Sithole’s work has been collected regionally, nationally and internationally; he has taught in the U.K. and Ghana; and he is part of new community of a trans-nationally connected artists who have their roots in KwaZulu-Natal. Yet, Sithole consistently reasserts his respect for, roots in, and experimental engagement with women’s rural ceramic traditions.
Clive Sithole artworks are currently part of the national Arts High School Curriculum
Born: Soweto, Gauteng, April 1971
Residence: Durban and Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
Ceramic Training: Early instruction with Alina Masoetsu, Instruction by Philemon Lerata, Babumbi Project, Cara Walters
University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Visual Arts, Juliet Armstrong
Additional Role Models: Rebecca Matibe, Nesta Nala, Magdelena Odundo.
1994 National Craft Council at the ICC
1995 Babumbi Clay exhibition at the BAT Centre
1996 BAT Centre Christmas exhibition
1997 Assoc of Potters of S.A Region exhibition
1998 Crafts Council Durban Metro Fair
1999 Assoc of Potters of S.A NSA Gallery
2000 Alliance Franchise Exhibitio, JHB
2001 Design of Trophy for Price Waterhouse Cooper Premier Award Biennial International competition
2002 The Alliance Franchise Exhibitio, JHB
2002 Sanlam Art Investment Award, Invited artist
2003 African Art Centre joint Exhibition with Rodney Blumenfeld
2004 Bloemfontein museum
2005 Gallery on the Square
2006 African Art Cantre group exhibiton ( gwebezela)
2006 Renauld South Africa (group Exhibition)
2008 Gallery on the Square ( Solo Show) JHB
2009 Craft Yarona –Pretoria
2000 – FNB VITA Craft Now, Merit Award.
2001 – African Art Centre, Solo Exhibition, Durban.
2002 – African Art Centre, Clive Sithole & Rodney Blumenfeld Exhibition, Durban.
2005 – Gallery on the Square, Solo Exhibition, Sandton, Johannesburg.
2006 – Renault Art & Culture Exhibition, Bruma, Johannesburg.
Trophy Design for Price Waterhouse Cooper Premier Award- First Priza
2009- First Prize –Craft Yarona competition National and Provincial hosted by the Department of Art and Culture
Assoc. of Potters of S.A – highly commended.
Children`s Clay Workshop –BAT
Clay pots workshop –BAT Centre
NTSIKA Clay Workshop in Venda
Teapot Workshop with Sue Greenberg at Endlovini with rural potters
Magdalena Odundo Workshop
Teapot Workshop with Sue Greenberg at Endlovini with ZRural Potters
Magdalena Odundo Workshop held in South Africa 2003
Magdalena Odundo Workshop held in London 2005
Smoke firing Workshop with Magdalina Odundo 2006
Sithole did a workshop with in 10 different schools making undo`s ( musical instrument) in Kent, England, May 2006
Private collectors National and International
Johannesburg Art gallery
Tatham Art Gallery
Ms Mbeki Collection
Magalione Odundo Collection
Mandela MuseumWorld Health Organisation (United nation)
Oprah Winfrey Girls School Collection
Design trophy for Premier Award
Designed sidewalk panels on the Millenuim Bridge