Max Early is one of the few potters from Laguna Pueblo. He is a grandson of Clara Acoya Encino who, along with Gladys Paquin, taught him to make pottery. He is part of the Turkey Clan in the pueblo that is show in the signature on his pottery. He is well known for his revival of classic Laguna shapes and designs on his pottery. More recently he has also been creating more innovative shapes and designs on his work. Max is also a poet and has incorporated some of his poems on his pottery. He has been an award winning potter since 1994 at Santa Fe Indian Market and he continues to push the boundaries of both traditional and non-traditional pottery at Laguna Pueblo.