Colleen grew up in Mill Valley, California, spending most of her days outdoors. She has always been influenced by the natural beauty around her. Both her parents made things with their hands: woodworking, gardening, and sewing. Trained in sculpture at Kansas City Art Institute, Colleen initially supported herself as a cook before becoming Urban Farm Manager at a non-profit organization that teaches underserved girls life skills. Ceramics was a natural progression from Colleen's art, gardening, and cooking. Her simple and functional everyday ware is inspired by nature and the food that she grows and prepares.