Tara Lynn Carpenter is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Art Department at Brigham Young University. Carpenter received an associates degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2003. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education, and in 2012 with a master's degree in ceramics.
In 2014, she was able to attend a week-long pottery workshop in Taos, New Mexico, dedicated to teaching the traditional hand-building methods of the Pueblo Acoma Native Americans. She and the other attendees from BYU collaborated to create pieces by those traditions, and then displayed the pieces in a gallery in the library on campus. The project was funded by the Laycock Center.