Born in 1942, Mary Ester Archuleta is a daughter of Margaret Tafoya and sister to Mela Youngblood, Toni Roller, LuAnn Tafoya and Shirley Tafoya. She grew up with her hands in the clay.
Mary married and moved to San Juan Pueblo in the 1960s. She served a pivotal role in the revival of San Juan incised pottery in the 1970s. Mary was never a prolific potter but she did earn numerous awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market.