Mela Youngblood began making pottery in the late 1960's and quickly achieved a distinctive style for her work. As an artist, Mela took the process of making her pottery very seriously. She decided that each piece she made had to be perfect, a trait which she passed on to her children, Nathan Youngblood and Nancy Youngblood. Mela was a daughter of Margaret Tafoya, and the mother of Nathan Youngblood and Nancy Youngblood. Of all of Margaret's daughters, she was the first one to create a storage jar which survived the firing process.