Karen Abeita is a Hopi-Tewa potter born of a Hopi-Tewa mother and an Isleta father in 1960. Her mother, Lenora Nahoodyce Abeyta had married Isidor Abeita Sr. and moved to his home at Isleta Pueblo. Karen was born in an Albuquerque hospital.
Karen learned the traditional methods of making pottery from Fawn Navasie and Mark Tahbo. She's also studied with Rondina Huma. She began producing pottery for the marketplace in 1984. She lives now on the Hopi Reservation with her husband, Darryl Daw.