Lydia Thompson earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Ohio State University and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Her awards include a Fulbright Hayes grant to conduct research on traditional architecture in Nigeria, and a VCUarts Institutional Grant for research at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center Artist-in-Residency in Denmark. Thompson also served as an artist-in-residence at the Medalta Ceramic Center in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.

Her work has been included in galleries, art centers, and museums such as the Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pennsylvania; Baltimore Clayworks; the Ohr O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi; the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft; Te Temauta Gallery in New Zealand, and Guldagergaard in Denmark.  Her work is in private and public collections in Ohio, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. She has conducted workshops for youths and adults, given public lectures, and served as juror and curator for national and regional exhibitions.

My current research investigates the ideas of migration and residual ancestral memories that examine space and place that reference human existence.  Through continuous mobility and the physical process of reduction made by nature, human beings create pathways that explore physical space that may produce visual silence, evoke the imagination, offer notions of commodities and value, and illustrate a sense of desperation that provides insights to various cultural practices and traditions.
I also see my images as reminders of the past and current lessons that we need to learn about the persistence and preservation of one’s own culture.