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Elsa Maria Valinas is a Mexican industrial and interior designer. She studied in Mexico, Spain and Australia. Elsa has a passionate interest in the whole creative process of design. With the idea to pursue her love for clay, she moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick to improve her skills and knowledge. Currently, she is enrolled at NBCCD gaining the chance to renew her creative process focus on designing and producing ceramic objects.


Her influences come from social and cultural factors from the Mexican chaotic and colourful history. She considers Design as a process not a result. At the end Design is... finding a better way!


I am a Mexican artist and designer, willing to share a piece of my colorful and chaotic culture through my designs. I am always looking for a way to express my creativity. My inspiration comes from my Mexican and Spaniard roots. I am fortunate to come from a country full of contrasts. My traditions and the fantastic mix of pre-Colombian, colonial and modern elements of my culture essentially influence my creative process. 


Design is an essential part of me, and one of my favourite materials to work with is clay.  Clay’s willingness to be transformed makes it a perfect medium to express and share with people the visual and tactile experiences through uniquely hand carving and colourful glazes.