Camilla completed a traditional education in ceramics at an early age. She worked as an apprentice at the Gamla Stans Krukmakeri Pottery in the Old Town of Stockholm for 2 years 1992-93. Then she continued specializing in wood firing at the Studio of Daniel König in the Stockholm archipelago for yet another year.

Moving to Finland she began her Ba studies at the UIAH University of Art and Design Helsinki.With an exchange period at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam she graduated in 1999. She then went on to study for an Ma at the Royal College of Art in London.

After her graduation in 2001 she has worked for companies in Italy, Switzerland, England and Japan. She was invited as a designer in residence to Gifu prefecture in Japan 2001 and has since been working on several projects for ceramic companies in the area of Mizunami and Seto etc.

Many of her projects such as the Camouflage project and the Section vases etc have been exhibited widely in design events and museums from Finland to New York, Milan, Tokyo and London.

She is also a founding member of the Design Migration organisation that aims to connect young designers with manufacturers.

Camilla now lives in Helsinki, Finland and is conducting research in Design and Crafts.  She defended her Doctoral Dissertation in Design at the Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2017.


2012-2017   DA, Doctor of Arts (with Distinction), Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland. Title of dissertation: Making Sense Through Hands: Design and Craft Practice Analysed as Embodied Cognition.

1999-2001  MA, Royal College of Art, London, UK. Ceramics and Glass.

1996-1999   BA, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland. Ceramics and Glass.


Swedish (Native), Finnish (Native), English (Proficient), Japanese (Understanding of spoken language)


2019-    Post-doctoral position at University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

2018 –   Associate Professor in Art and Craft 20%, USN University of Southeast Norway, Telemark, Norway. Department of Visual and Performing Arts.


2018  Post-doctoral Researcher in the Fashion / Textile Futures Research Group, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland. 10 months.

2017   Visiting Researcher at USN University of Southeast Norway, Telemark. Department of Visual and Performing Arts, in the EMAL – Embodied Making and Learning research group. 9 months.

2017   Project manager of the Art of Research Conference (3 months).Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland.


2013 – 2016   Main funded researcher position and general project manager in the Handling Mind Research Consortium consisting of 13 Senior and Junior members. Funded by the Academy of Finland.

2002 – 2003   Visiting Designer, Gifu Design Council, Japan.

2001    Designer in Residence Gifu Design Council, Japan.

1999     Landscape architecture, Public art project, Kotkan Energia, Finland.

1994 –   Camilla Groth Studio – Founder of ceramics and glass design company.



2018     University teaching pedagogical training: Course Design. 5 ECT

2018     University teaching pedagogical training “A!PEDA Intro. 5 ECT

2017     Course on Scientific publication, Helsinki University. 1 ECT

2013    Basic Project management course 1 Week. Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.

1998     6 months  Socrates study exchange period at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Ceramic department.

1994-1996   Art history and Aesthetics. Open University, Helsinki, Finland.

1993-1994    Ceramic craft apprenticeship, Master Daniel König, specializing in woodfirings. Ingarö, Sweden.

1991-1993     Ceramic craft apprenticeship, Master Åke Jernewall, Gamla Stans Krukmakeri, Stockholm, Sweden.

1989 – 1991    Practical aesthetic education, specialized in ceramics. Fredrika Bremer Gymnasium, Stockholm, Sweden.




SAR Society for Artistic Research.

SuoMu Finnish Association of Design Education

NORDFO Nordiskt Forum för Forskning och utvecklings-arbete inom utbildning I slöjd.

DRS  Design Research Society

ORNAMO  Finnish Association of Designers.


Reviewer of the following academic peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings: Cumulus Conference, 2018, Wuxi, China. Formakademisk Journal, Multimodal Technologies and Interaction Journal. International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) London, June 23-27, 2018, DRS Design Research Society Conference 2018, RUUKKU: Studies in Artistic Research Journal, Art of Research Conference, 29-30 November 2017, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, CERVA conference on Ceramic Values 2017, TECHNE Journal, Craft Research Journal, DRS Design Research Society Conference 2016.



2019  Organizing committee member of the EKSIG international conference of the DRS Special interest group on experiential knowledge, 2019,

23-24/9 Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn

2018  Track Chair and Presenter at the Eksig special interest track: Design Research Society (DRS) Conference 25-28 June, Limerick, Ireland.

2016  Session Chair and Presenter at the Embodied Making and Learning session, Design Research Society (DRS) Conference 27-30 June, Brighton, UK.

2015  Invited participation in the Artistic needs and Institutional Desires symposium and round-table discussions on artistic 3-rd cycle education. Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin, 13-15 November.

2014   Session Chair and Presenter at the Design Research Society Conference, Umeå, Sweden during June 16-19.

2014   Facilitator of the Art of Research Conference, 26-27 November 2014, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. ( 115 Participants.

2014  Coordinator of Academy of Finland, Handling Mind public research seminar at the Design Forum showroom, Helsinki, 27.03.2014. About 50 Participants.

2001 –  Founding member of Design Migration Association promoting young designers Internationally


Invited lectures and presentations

2018   Invited lecture: Methods for studying own practice. Centre for studies in practical knowledge. Södertörns University, Stockholm, Sweden. 14 of November.

2018  Invited Open lecture: Material Research and New Materiality: What’s the Matter with Art? Lecture and panel discussion with Dr Tim Smith, at the Aalto Festival Opening, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland, May 17.

2018  Invited lecture: Embodied Research Methods. University of Southeast Norway, PHD course on artistic research, April 10.

2018  Invited lecture: Making Sense: Researching making through making. University of Gothenburg, Department of Conservation, March 1.

2018  Invited lecture: Making sense through the body in design in the “Re-thinking design” course for Ma Students in design. Aalto University, department of Design. Jan 10.

2017  Invited lecture: Embodied Cognition and Materiality, University of Linköping, Sweden, Nov 15.

2017  Invited lecture: Human – Material Interaction, Aalto University UWAS course on Design Learning. Dec 4.

2016  Invited member of public panel discussion on multidisciplinary research during the Aalto University U-create! Seminar, Helsinki, Nov 2-3. One of 6 members.

2015  Invited lecture: Practice-led research, in the course Body based practices, Doctoral degree course, Telemark University College, Bö Campus, Norway. 3 December.

2015  Invited presentation during the Artistic needs and institutional desires symposium and round-table discussions on artistic 3-rd cycle education: Researching making through making: the practitioners point of view. Berlin University of the Arts, Berlin, 13-15 November.

2015  Invited lecture for Ba students at the Reykjavik school of visual arts: How does the crafts person think through her hands?  Iceland. 13 March.

2015  Invited presentation for Doctoral degree students and collegial teachers and professors, at Architecture departments public research seminar: Researching practice through practice: the practitioners point of view. Aalto University, Otaniemi Campus. 17 September.

2014  Invited Artists’ public lecture during the exhibition “Ceramics & Space”, Design Museum, Helsinki. “Taiteilija tutkijana” (The Artist as Researcher). 9.12.2014


Other Public presentations

2018  Conference presentation at the Nordic Art’s and Health Conference, November 7th,  Arts Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland: Human-centered v.s technology-driven smart textiles design processes in the context of prematurely born babies.

2018  Poster session at the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) Conference, Music, Diversity and Wholeness, Barbican, London, 16-18th February: Haptic Art Experiences Described as Vocals, Sounds and Written Words by Deafblind.

2017  Conference presentation at the SAR International Conference on Artistic Research, April 28-29, 2017, Helsinki Finland: In dialogue with the material environment: Creativity, materiality and skill.

2016 Conference presentations at the Make it NOW! Learning, Exploring, Understanding International NordFo-Conference in Rauma, Finland 28-30 September. “Video as a tool for knowing in craft practice” and “Methods for research on experiential and embodied knowledge”.

2015  Seminar Presentation at Learn x Design Conference, Chicago, US, 28 June – 1 July: Design and craft thinking analysed as a form of embodied cognition.

2014 Conference presentation in the Art in Translation conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, September 17-20. “Articulating experiential knowing”.

2014  Poster session on the Handling Mind project achievements: Academy of Finland, Human Mind Seminar at Glo Hotel Helsinki. 29.09.2014. About 100 Participants.


2019- Supervision of a Doctoral Dissertation in Art & Craft education

2018- Supervision of a Doctoral Dissertation in Costume Design

2018  External examiner (opponent) of a half time Doctoral seminar in Culinary Arts, Örebro University, Sweden.

2017 – Supervision of a MA thesis in Product design

2017   Supervision of a MA thesis in Product design

2016   Supervision of a MA thesis in Ceramics

2015   Supervision of a MA thesis in Ceramics

2015   Supervision of a MA thesis in Painting

2018   Examiner of a MA thesis in Product design

2015   Examiner of a MA thesis in Jewellery

2008  Examiner of a MA thesis in Ceramics

2016  Supervision of aBA thesis in Ceramics

2015  Supervision of a BA thesis in Ceramics

2015  Examiner of a BA thesis in Ceramics



2019 –  Teacher in the University Wide Art Studies (UWAS) course Human-Material Interaction. Aalto University, 15 BA and MA students. ETC: 2.

2016 –  Teacher of Ma Thesis Seminars. Department of Design, Aalto University. 60-70 MA Students. ETC: 2.

2013 –  Annual public lectures on Touch in the course Aistien Maailma – World of the Senses, Department of Art, Aalto University. 80-100 BA and MA students.

2013-2016  Material Research lectures “Ajattelu materiaalin kautta” (Thinking through material), Department of Design, Aalto University. 20-30 BA and MA students.

2015   Coordinator of the Personal Project student conference, Aalto University, Department of Design, 2-3 Sept 2015. ( 120 BA Students.

2015   Assisting teacher in Design Theory and Methodology, Department of Design, Aalto University. About 60 BA Students. ETC: 3

2014 – 2015   Personal Project Tutor, Department of Design, Aalto University. 10 BA Students. ETC: 8.

2014    Assisting teacher in the Design Exploration and Experimentation Module, Department of Design, Aalto University. 12 MA Students. ETC: 10.

2006   Visiting lecturer, MA students University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland

2002   Visiting lecturer, BA students, Central St Martins School of Art. London, UK.

2001  Lecture series (5 lectures) at Mizunami Ceramic Research Center, Japan.

1995 – 1999   Ceramic course teacher, Open University Arbis, Finland.



2016  Marie Sklodowska- Curie Seal of Excellence

2013  Finnish Cultural Foundation; Funding for international exhibitions for the Design Migration Association.

2011   Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland; Exhibition in the Design Museum.

2008  Finnish Cultural Foundation; Building of my ceramic workshop.

2006  Finnish Cultural Foundation;Design prototype development.

2004  Good Design Award: “Pokela” recycle clay tableware.

2003 Arts Promotion Centre, Finland; Exhibition in London, UK.

2002  Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland; Exhibition.

2001  Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland; Scholarship for Studies abroad.

2001  Finnish Cultural Foundation: Scholarship for Studies abroad.

2001 The Royal Society of Art’s (RSA) 1 price winner of design competition; Student design award; Wedgwood travel award.


Finnish State Art Commission