Laura Gachupin

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.

Traditional designs on a polychrome jar
Polychrome jar with traditional designs
5 in H by 7 1/2 in Dia
Polychrome owl effigy
Polychrome owl effigy
3 1/4 in H by 3 3/4 in Dia
Carved base on a polished wedding vase
Polished wedding vase with carved base
10 1/2 in H by 7 1/4 in Dia
Ten pieces in a nacimiento
Nativity with ten pieces
6 in H by 3 in Dia
Measurement of largest piece
Owl figure
Polychrome owl figure
2 3/4 in H by 3 in Dia
Polychrome owl figure
Polychrome owl figure
6 in H by 9 in Dia
Pottery photos courtesy of Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery