Born in 1959, Denise Chavarria was 16 when she began learning the traditional art of pottery making from her mother, Stella Chavarria, and her grandmother, Teresita Naranjo. Her great-grandmother was Christina Naranjo and great-great-grandmother, Serafina Tafoya. Denise is part of a long line of very talented potters.
Denise has participated in the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Eight Northern Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show and the New Mexico State Fair, earning awards regularly since the early 1990s. Denise and her sister, Loretta "Sunday" Chavarria, both still use the same designs they learned from their mother and grandmother.