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Wilma Gachupin

Wilma M. Gachupin, “Sacred Rock Basket”, is a full blooded Native American Indian, born into the Pueblo of the Jemez, in 1957. Wilma was inspired to learn the art of pottery making by her brother, Kenneth Sando. She has been working with clay since the age of 28.

Wilma specializes in the natural hand coiled and hand painted storytellers, nativities, and corn maidens. However, she was taught all the fundamentals of hand coiling pottery. Wilma gathers clay and other natural pigments within the Jemez Pueblo, and cleans, hand mixes, hand shapes, and paints her sculptures using all natural colors by herself. Wilma’s storytellers always have really big bright eyes, and she said “I got the idea from my daughter, Megan, when she was born with bright eyes.” Wilma signs her pottery as: Wilma M. Gachupin, Jemez.

Wilma is related to the following artists: Kenneth Sando (brother), Megan Gachupin and Kayla Gachupin (daughters).