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, 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. Opponent: Katherine Townsend. Supervisors: Maarit Mäkelä & Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen.

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.

2017  Upcoming degree: DA, Doctor of Arts, 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. Opponent: Katherine Townsend.

Supervisors: Maarit Mäkelä & Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen. External Reviewers: Katherine Townsend & Anne Louise Bang.


2013  Basic project management course, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.

1998 01-07/    Socrates study exchange period at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The                                     Netherlands. Ceramic department.

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

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

1991-1993       Ceramic craft apprenticeship, Master Åke Jernewall, Gamla Stan’s Krukmakeri,                                 Stockholm, Sweden.

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


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


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

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.


2016 – 2017  Teacher of Master students’ Thesis Seminars. Department of Design, Aalto University.

2013-2016   Lectures on touch in the course Aistien Maailma – World of the Senses, “The sense of touch and embodied cognition” Department of Art, Aalto University.

2013-2016   Ceramic Material Research lecturesAjattelu materiaalin kautta” (Thinking through material), Department of Design, Aalto University.

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

2015  Assisting teacher in Design Theory and Methodology, Department of Design,                                  Aalto University.

2014 – 2015   Personal Project Tutor, Department of Design, Aalto University.

2014     Assisting teacher in the Design Exploration and Experimentation Module,Department of Design, Aalto University.

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

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

2001   Lecture series at Mizunami Ceramic Research Center, Japan.

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


2017-               Member of SAR – Society for Artistic Research.

2016-              Member of NORDFO – Nordiskt Forum för Forskning och utvecklings-arbete inom           utbildning I slöjd.

2015 – 2016    Member of the Design Research Society (DRS) 2016 Conference review committee.

2014 – 2017    Student Member of the Design Research Society.

1999 –   Member of ORNAMO Finnish Association of Designers



2017    Coordinator of the Art of Research Conference, 29-30 November 2017, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. (

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

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. (

2014   Coordinator of Academy of Finland, Handling Mind public research seminar at the Design Forum showroom, 27.03.2014

public presentations

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. “Design and craft thinking analysed as a form of embodied cognition”Chicago, 28 June – 1 july.

2015      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.

2014     Conference presentation in the Art in Translation conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, September 17-20. “Articulating experiential knowing: video as a tool for knowing in craft practice”.

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

Invited lectures

2015    Invited lecture on practice-led research in the course Body based practices, Telemark University College, Bö Campus, Norway. 3 December.

2015    Invited lecture at the Reykjavik school of visual arts, “How does the crafts person think through her hands?”  Iceland. 13 March.

2015     Invited presentation at Architecture departments public research seminar, “Researching practice through practice: the practitioners point of view”. Aalto University, Otaniemi Campus. 17 September.

2014  Artists’ public lecture during the exhibition “Ceramics & Space”, Design Museum, Helsinki. “Taiteilija tutkijana” (artist as a researcher). 9.12.2014


2017 – Design ambassador at SuoMu – the Finnish Association of Design Education.

2001 –  Founding member of Design Migration Association.


Ma Supervision

2017 –             Supervision of Veera Siiras’ MA thesis in Ceramics

2016 –             Supervision of Minna Hanhivaaras’ MA thesis in Ceramics

2015                Supervision of Veera Tamminens’ MA thesis in Ceramics

2015                Supervision of Tatu Vuorios’ MA thesis in Painting

Ba Supervision

2016                Supervision of Pilvi Hussis’ BA thesis in Ceramics

2015                Supervision of Sofi Perikankaas’ BA thesis in Ceramics

Ma Examination

2015                Examiner of Eero Heinänens’ MA thesis in Jewellery

2008                Examiner of Lotta Fagerholms’ MA thesis in Ceramics

Ba Examination

2015                Examiner of Sofi Perikankaas’ BA thesis in Ceramics 



1998    Public art piece, “Jatulintarha” 40m x 30m stone labyrinth in the Windmill Park Tuulipuisto, Kotka, Finland.


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; Ceramic 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 ceramic design competition; Student design award; Wedgwood travel award.


Finnish State Art Commission: Tactile Landscapes.