Kyla Strid was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned a BFA in ceramics from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2007, an MFA from Ohio University in 2013. Additionally, she studied at Alfred University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kyla worked with Andy Brayman in Kansas City as a technician for Easy Ceramic Decals and the Matter Factory. She has worked as a resident artist at the Clay Studio of Missoula, Red Lodge Clay Center, and most recently at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. Kyla is also the 2013-2014 Lawrence Arts Center ceramics artist-in-residence.