about colleen hennessey

Colleen grew up in Mill Valley, California, spending most of her days outdoors. She was 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 supported herself as a cook for fifteen years, at Hayes Street Grill in San Francisco and at Los Angeles restaurants Lucques, Campanile, Canelé, and Elysian. She  also worked teaching girls life skills through gardening, animal husbandry and cooking. These years of cooking and gardening are reflected in her ceramics. She's always thinking about how her wares will be used to hold the harvest and present meals. Ceramics is a natural progression from Colleen's art, gardening, and cooking. She now lives on the Mendocino coast of Northern California. Her simple and functional everyday ware is inspired by the food that she grows and prepares.

Colleen's ceramics can be seen in Heidi Swanson's cookbook Near and Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel, in Tara O'Brady's cookbook Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day, in Jeremy Fox's On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen, in Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis, and in A Common Table: 80 Recipes and Stories from My Shared Cultures by Cynthia Chen McTernan.