Kyla Strid and Warren Mackenzie

Ever wonder what artwork artists live with? This series offers a glimpse into the homes of artists. From there we have a conversation about a work of art they have in their home. Tune in and gather some insights into what living with art can do.


Kyla Strid

Platter 16.5” x 16.5” x 3” 2010 High-fire stoneware


Kyla Strid has a 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, and Penland School of Crafts. Kyla has extensive professional experience working as a studio technician, studio manager, gallery manager, and curator at various institutions across the country. Additionally, her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has worked as a consultant on an archaeological dig of a Minoan Pottery Workshop at Gournia, Crete. Currently, Kyla is the Director of Residencies and Adult Education at the Lawrence Arts Center and has a studio at Seed Co.

Warren Mackenzie (1924-2018) Born in 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri, Warren MacKenzie has championed the functional potter in all aspects of his career. In his prolific body of work, Mackenzie used form, color, and surface to create striking, expressive, functional pottery. In the 1940s, MacKenzie attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, then he and his wife Alix became the first American apprentices in the studio of Bernard Leach in Cornwall, England, in 1949. When they returned to the United States in 1953, they established a pottery in Stillwater, Minnesota, where Warren and Alix collaborated until her death in 1962. Warren MacKenzie was a professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, where he began teaching in 1954. He served as president of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts as well as a panelist for policy and planning for the National Endowment for the Arts. He gave extensive workshops and lectures across the United States, and his work is widely exhibited in major collections around the world.