Joseph Gachupin is a full blooded Native American
Indian. He was born in 1953 into the Jemez Pueblo.
He was inspired to learn the art of working with clay using ancient
traditional methods from his wife, Caroline Gachupin.
His sister-in-law, Emily Tsosie taught Joseph all the fundamentals of
working with natural pigments found within the Jemez Pueblo. She also
taught him special methods to apply when constructing his masterpieces
The lucrative aspect of the business also was inspiration for him to
continue the long lived legacy of working with clay. When Joseph first
began constructing his art he was occasionally teased about doing women’s
work until he became more successful and won more awards for his accomplishments.
Joseph specializes in hand pinched and hand molded corn maidens and
He gathers his clay, soaks the clay, screens for impurifications, hand
mixes with other pigments, hand pinches each kernel of corn, hand shapes,
hand paints, and fires outdoors, with cedar chips.
The paints are all derived from natural plants and minerals which are
collected and boiled together by Joseph.
He signs his art as: J.R. Gachupin, Jemez.
-New Mexico State Fair 1st Place
-New Mexico State Fair 2nd Place
-Denver Arts and Crafts Show
-Dallas Arts and Crafts Show
-Southern Pueblo Pottery 2,000 Artist Biographies
-Storytellers and Other Figurative Pottery