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HL Rising Stars Top 5: Nic Sithole

Nic Sithole is a ceramicist based in Joburg, whose modesty belies a brilliant talent for crafting pieces of substance and refined beauty, exhibited as part of the Southern Guild for their South African heart and global appeal. For more about Nic, read our full interview with him below. Is he your top HL Rising Star? Vote for him at the bottom of this page! Describe your job? I’m a ceramic artist that is lucky to work and play doing what I love most. Currently I’m working at Patterson Park Recreational Centre in Orange Grove, Joburg. How did you get into it? My passion started at a young age herding cattle and making clay oxen by the riverbed. Unfortunately I couldn’t further my education but by the grace of God there was a lady in Springs named Helen Stein who had a pottery studio and she taught me how to nurture my talents further. What and who has inspired your designs?    The diversity of African cultures, my dreams and my people. I’m inspired by the little things happening around me that most people wouldn’t take any notice of. In terms of artists, I admire the work of Kenyan ceramic artist Magdalene Odundo, Clive Sithole and Madoda Fani. What do most people not know about you? I am a very humble, God fearing person. Most of my friends and neighbours don’t know what I do for a living, they know me as an ordinary Joe and most of the time when they realise what I do they’re surprised. What is it about working with clay that you are drawn to? Clay can be changed into any form, shape or size – I like that I am in control of that process. What do you hope people will think when they see your work? That it’s pure art and an investment piece.