Miguel Maldonado is one of the premiere ceramics artisan from San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua. Miguel Maldonado grew up in the environment set up by his step father Helio Gutierrez. He has transformed the pottery tradition and style. Miguel, not having any female influences of traditional pottery began to infuse modern ideas of color and geometry into the techniques he was learning from Helio. Miguel Maldonado has established the contemporary ideal of San Juan pottery his fine, stone burnished ceramic sculpture is collected around the world.