Lydia 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. At the University of Florida, she served as the secretary for the Handbuilt or Thrown (H.O.T.) Clay Student Organization. She served previously as the vice president of the Student Art Club at Seminole State College, where she won awards for work in two annual juried student art exhibitions and was awarded a full-time art scholarship. Her professional experience includes assisting the ceramic program’s teaching lab specialist at the University of Florida to maintain the glaze lab and kiln room facilities. She also taught leisure courses in beginning drawing, beginning painting, and beginning ceramic sculpture at the University of Florida’s Reitz Student Union Arts and Crafts Center.