Alida van Almelo received her Master of Fine Arts at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, after receiving a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz. In 2016, she was awarded the distinguished Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, and in 2017 Alida received the Bronze Prize and was in the top ten for the Viewer's Choice Award at the 9th World Ceramics Biennale in Icheon, South Korea. Alida has been an artist in residence at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park and in the Alaska State Park system, and she runs her own studio out of the Knik Valley in Palmer, Alaska. Her work has been displayed at the World Ceramics Biennale in South Korea in 2009, 2015 and 2017.
The power of the natural world as well as the extent of the mind and body inspire her active lifestyle as well as her artwork, which she explores through hand-building techniques in clay.