A granddaughter of Narciso and Magelita Lucero and daughter of Margaret Lucero, Mary Rose Lucero was born into the Fire Clan of Jemez Pueblo in 1948. She hand-coiled her first piece of pottery around the age of 14 when she began learning from her grandmother.
Mary's work is recognizable immediately from her exquisite care and attention to detail. She is also known for being imaginative, innovative and humorous with her pieces, decorating them with multiple natural clay and mineral colors found across the Jemez landscape. In the early days of her career she made traditional Jemez jars and bowls but that didn't satisfy her heart the way she wanted. These days she's much happier making Nativities, storytellers, Flights to Egypt, animals and other sculptures.
Mary has passed her knowledge and techniques on to her daughters, Diane and Joyce Lucero, both of whom are also award-winning traditional potters. Mary's younger sister is Carol Gachupin, also an award-winning potter from Jemez.