Laura Gachupin was born in 1954 into a family of Jemez Pueblo artists. Her sister is Maxine Toya, her mother was Marie Romero, and her grandmother was Persingula Gachupin. She grew up learning the traditional way of making pottery from her grandmother. After graduating from high school, she went on to study at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She became one of the main potters in the resurrection of Jemez Pueblo pottery in the 1970's.