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Early, Max – Large Jar with Rain and Mask Design

Early, Max – Large Jar with Rain and Mask Design

10"w x 10.75"h
$ 2,400.00
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Max Early is one of the few traditional potters working today at Laguna Pueblo.  His work combines historic forms with a blend of contemporary and traditional designs.  This is definitely one of the larger jar he has made in a while with the very wide shoulder and sloping neck. It is a beautiful shape and note the sharp edge on the shoulder of the jar where it drops down and then extends up to the neck.  This is always difficult to create when coiling a piece. The designs are painted with strong lines.  One side, Max said it was meant to represent a katsina mask, with the circle being the nose and the eyes on either side.  The area below are pant designs. The bold swirls in red are classic for Laguna pottery.  The remainder of the jar has rain and plant patterns.  Note the variety of angles of the fine-lines, as they are not all vertical or horizontal but extending in different directions.  The complexity of overall design is certainly striking! 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!

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Early, Max (b. 1963)

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.

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