Lydia Yates, née Knowles, was born in Orlando, Florida. Growing up in an international hub for themed entertainment instilled an interest in scenic and landscape design which influences her ceramic art. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the ceramics program at the University of Florida. She creates conceptual works that deal with food as a metaphor for power and enjoys exploring the mechanisms of landscape architecture through ceramics and painting. At the University of Florida, she assisted the ceramic program’s teaching lab specialist and served as the secretary of the H.O.T. (Handbuilt or Thrown) Clay Student Organization. Her professional experience includes teaching drawing, painting, and ceramics leisure courses at the University of Florida Reitz Student Union Arts and Crafts Center; teaching ceramics at an Orange County public high school; and teaching ceramics and 2D art to students ranging in age from kindergarten to middle school at the City of Orlando Pottery Studio. She co-judged high school and middle school art in an annual student art fest in Oviedo, Florida in 2017, and she has been a participating artist in four of the annual downtown Orlando Creative City Project immersive art events.