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. Marie Romero was one of the potters who really started the revival of pottery making at Jemez in the 1970's.
Laura grew up learning the traditional way of making pottery from her mother and grandmother. However, pottery making at Jemez had almost totally died off so there was no Jemez traditional shape or portfolio of designs. After graduating from high school, she went on to study at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Laura built on her mother's work and today is one of the inspirations of new generations of Jemez potters.