Kyla Strid ( she/her )

Artist Statement

My pots are studies of small everyday occurrences, mostly from the garden and the kitchen. They exist in the background, waiting to elevate whatever they are holding- be it wine, flowers, fruit, utensils, or a houseplant. The colors, textures, and surfaces of my pots nod to and complement whatever they are meant to hold.

I want to stretch quiet fleeting moments and have them linger a bit longer.


Kyla Strid received her BFA in Ceramics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an MFA from Ohio University. She has been awarded residencies at the Clay Studio of Missoula, Red Lodge Clay Center, Guldagergaard (Denmark), the Lawrence Arts Center, Haystack, Penland School of Crafts, and Skopelos Foundation for the Arts (Greece). Kyla has extensive professional experience working as a studio technician, studio manager, gallery manager, and curator at various institutions across the country. Kyla lives in Lawrence, Kansas and is the Director of Residencies and Adult Education at the Lawrence Arts Center. Outside of her ceramic studio, she is an avid gardener, foodie, runner, and part time printmaker. And of her many adventures, consulting on the archeological dig of a Minoan Pottery Workshop on the island of Crete has been one of the most meaningful and rewarding experiences. Currently, she is learning Greek and about sustainable building practices as she works on renovating a building that will be her studio.