Exhibition Information

Artist: Ariel Maldonado
Exhibition: SOA Holiday Gift Sale
Media: Plants, Ceramic, dye
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: N/A
Instagram:  ariel_maldonado

About the Artist

Ariel Maldonado is a fourth year student at California State University Long Beach working towards her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the School of Art’s Ceramic program. A class in high school sparked her interest in ceramics. She spends most of her day at school so she said she has no time to have any hobbies. Ariel prefers creating 3D art such as, sculptures, welding and wood.

Formal Analysis

When you first walk in the gallery, you can clearly see the many different ceramic pieces, a rough estimate of more than three hundred. Her work consisted of cups, bowls, plates and many pots that had succulents. Most of her pieces didn’t have any bright and bold colors. They were mostly earth toned colors, such as brown, blue and green.

Content Analysis

Ariel enjoys creating new art and loves clay. All of the new pieces (around 70) took a week to make. She worked on them on Thanksgiving break. The rest are the pieces that she made before. Ariel stated that the succulent pieces that she made are selling out faster than the others. She also stated that she is very interested in plates.


Overall, I think this was a very nice exhibit. I liked it a lot because I am also interested in ceramics. I especially liked her succulents as it adds a nice touch to any home decorations.