Xavier Toubes (1947 - ) was born in A Coruña, Spain. He worked in an international bank in Spain and London until 1974. He attended Goldsmith’s College University of London from 1974 to 1977. In 1977/1978, Toubes worked at Winchcombe Pottery in Gloucestershire. In 1979, he spent a year in residency at the Seminario de Estudios Ceramicos de Sargadelos in Spain. From 1980 to 1983, he attended the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. After graduating with a master of fine arts, he taught in the art department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill until 1993.