Ceramist, Adult Education Director
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.Browse All Classes
Adults / 14 and Up
Wood-fired ceramics has been around for thousands of years. The elaborate history, cultural diversity and research on the topic sustained its use to today and the world of contemporary ceramics. It is a community-based art form that requires the work of many people. In this class you will experience every part of the wood-fire process including generating clay wares, splitting wood, loading, firing, unloading and cleaning the kilns. We will be partnering with the University of Kansas Ceramics Department to fire the soda and wood kilns. Demos on handbuilding and wheel throwing will be given while we discuss how form, surface and kiln placement can affect the final product. This class will meet on Wednesdays with scheduled wood splitting and kiln firings on Fridays or Saturdays. Experience in clay as well as attending kiln prep and clean up is required.