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Aleida has lived at Avoca Beach on the Central Coast since 1993. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Newcastle University. Aleida's work moves between paint, clay, printing and textiles, and at times a combinations of these. She loves using the potter’s wheel to throw forms to be used as containers for food or plants. Aleidas inspiration comes from the long tradition of ceramics that is part of our culture. European majolica, early Islamic ware, Chinese and Japanese traditions of clay and printmaking form a strong part of her visual vocabulary, as does Australian painting. Using almost ink like cobalt oxide and brushes she enjoys exploring elements of landscape on her surfaces. Aleida works mostly with porcelain clay, and sometimes with a stoneware body that gives flushes of iron oxide. Most of her work is fired to 1300⁰C in a gas kiln.