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 Disappearance works project, the Tactile landscapes and the Section vases etc have been exhibited widely in design events and museums from Finland to New York, Milan, Tokyo and London. She was also a founding member of the Design Migration organisation that connected young designers with manufacturers for 15 years 2001 – 2016.

Camilla lives in Helsinki, Finland and is conducting research in Art, Design and Crafts. She defended her Doctoral Dissertation in Design at the Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2017 and is now working as a Associate Professor in Art and Craft at the University of Southeastern Norway, Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

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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.

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

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


Swedish (Native), Finnish (Native), English (Proficient), Norwegian (Proficient) Japanese (Intermediate)


2021-  Associate Professor in Art and Craft USN University of Southeast Norway, Department of Visual and Performing Arts.


2019-2021  Post-doctoral position at University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

2018 -2021 Associate Professor in Art and Craft 20%, USN University of Southeast 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.

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.


2021      Lærerutdannere i en digital tid, (teacher educator in a digital time), 10 ECT.

2020     University teaching pedagogical training: Supervision. 5 ECT

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.

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

DRS  Design Research Society

ORNAMO  Finnish Association of Designers.


Regular reviewer of the following academic peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings: Cumulus Conference, Formakademisk JournalMultimodal Technologies and Interaction JournalDRS Design Research Society ConferenceRUUKKU: Studies in Artistic Research JournalArt of Research Conference,  TECHNE Journal, Craft Research Journal.

2021 – Leader of the research group Embodied Making and Learning, USN, Norway

2020 – Co-convenor of the Design Research Society’s Experiential knowledge special interest group (Eksig)

2019 – Editorial member of Formakademisk Journal


2021- 2025  Makercentered learning: Cultivating Creativity in Tomorrows schools. Funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR). Role: Co-Pi and research leader together with Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen and Marte S. Gulliksen.

2020 – 2024 MakerStudioPeda, Funded by Academy of Finland. Role: Partner, researcher.

2019 – 2020 Empathic practices in making cultures. Funded by University of Gothenburg.

2018 – 2020 Rhythms in Infant Brain (RIB). Wearables for computational diagnostics and mobile monitoring of treatment. Funded by Academy of Finland. Role: Post-doc researcher.

2017 – 2020   NEWSILK: The new road to silk: Bio-based production of silk like materials. Funded by Academy of Finland, Bio future program. Role: Post-doc researcher.

2012 – 2016 Handling Mind: Embodiment Creativity and Design. Funded by the Academy of Finland, Human Mind program. Role: Doctoral researcher, funded 4 years.


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