Sarah Tancred grew up in southeastern Ohio. In 2008, she received a BFA in three-dimensional studies from Bowling Green State University. In 2014, Sarah received her MFA with a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Montana. She has also completed Artist Residencies at St. Petersburg Clay Company and Red Lodge Clay Center.

This past year, Sarah was an Adjunct Instructor of Art and Art History at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. Currently, Sarah is an Adjunct Lecturer of Ceramics at The University of New Mexico-Gallup in Gallup, NM.