Coleman received her MFA in ceramics from Ohio State University and a BFA in ceramics and glass from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received a fiscal year 2017 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB). And in 2021, she received a Creative Support Grant from the MSAB. Coleman was a 2010 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant recipient and she maintains a studio at Northern Clay Center, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she also teaches clay and mold-making classes. Prior to that she taught at Florida Atlantic University, Illinois State, Northern Michigan, Ohio State, and the University of Illinois.