Early, Max – Jar with Rain & Plant Designs
Max Early is one of the few traditional potters working today at Laguna Pueblo. His work combines traditional forms with a blend of contemporary and traditional designs. Max said that this jar was his own variation on classic Laguna designs. The neck has a linear rain pattern. Around the shoulder are plant designs in classic Laguna style. The jar is a beautiful shape with a slightly elongated neck and a rounded base. The rounded bottom harkens back to the traditional Laguna pottery when the water jars were meant to be carried on one’s head. Note as well his use of the various clays to create a “three color” jar! The jar is also traditionally fired, which adds to the overall difficulty of the piece. It is certainly exciting to see a potter who is inspired by traditional shapes and designs and yet has the artistry to create his own distinctive variation!