Xanthe Isbister was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors degree from the University of Manitoba in 2004, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008. She has had the opportunity to live and work in many places across the United States and Canada, and has been a resident artist at Watershed Centre for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine and at the Medalta International Artists in Residence in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Since 2005 she has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the 2009 NCECA conference in Phoenix, AZ and the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Ontario for the 2011 RBC Emerging Artist People's Choice Award exhibition. She has had the opportunity to live in and explore remote places around Canada such as the Athabaska region in Northern Saskatchewan, the North West Territories, and the Canadian Shield of North Western Ontario. These experiences have impacted her creativity and aesthetic, inspiring large ceramic sculptures and installations that explore the psychological significance and impact the natural environment has on human identity.