Carlos Laate was born in Zuni, New Mexico. He learned traditional pottery making from his step-grandmother, Daisy Hooee by observing and listening to what she had to say about pottery making. It was the same way with his aunt Jennie Laate. Carlos has been making pottery since 1989 and his technique is beautiful. His design elements cover all the traditional Zuni motifs of deer, house, rosettes, rainbirds, lines, curves and geometrics.