Helen Gachupin was a daughter of Andrea Toribio Gachupin and a granddaughter of Rosalie Medina Toribio. Her sister was Gloria Gachupin Chinana. She never married so she had no children to carry on her pottery-making tradition. She was known for her traditional pottery and the use of traditional designs. While never prolific her work can be found in museums such as Peabody Museum at Harvard University in Boston, the Maxwell Museum in Albuquerque, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, and the Heard Museum in Phoenix.