Sophie Berenika Broch was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1990 and got her first adult experience with clay & ceramics while studying abroad at San Francisco State University in 2013. The clay sedimented in her fingers and her mind, and led her to apply to the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo), where she graduated with a BFA in ceramic art in 2018.

After finishing her degree, she moved north of the polar circle, to Lofoten; a group of islands where you're forever surrounded by the salty sea, magnificent mountains and where the aurora borealis occasionally lights up the dark sky. There she worked as an assistant for a ceramicist based in Henningsvær. She then spent six months in Vesterålen, a group of islands further north, where she had a pop-up store selling ceramic art & pottery from an old fashioned grocery store in the beautiful coastal fisher village Nyksund.

As of August 2019, Broch is living in Tromsø - in popular speech called the Paris of the North - where she is continuing her dialogue with clay in her studio at "Kysten". 



teaching clay & ceramics at a high school, 45% 

working as the ceramic facility manager at Tromsø Kunstakademi, 20%

junior curator, Strandtorget - Mandela, Tromsø kommune 

board member, The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts : North Norway



ceramic study trip to London, April 2022

intro courses in clay, Tromsø, April/May 2022

lecture & workshop, Jugendstildagene, Ålesund, June 2022

exhibition, Frie hender, Kirkenes, August 2022


Clay is a vigorous and engaging material - it gives an instant response when touching it. 


This continuous dialogue that the clay invites to, is something I actively use in the creative process and which constantly steers my works in new directions. I add, remove, push and stroke the clay until I achieve an expression that appeals to me. The expression is guided by the dialogue between the clay, my hands and mind during the creation process. 


My mind has its preferences which seeks its impression in the clay. The preferences are the surfaces, structures and colors of objects where natural weathering processes have left their marks. The surfaces, tints and shades that these processes generate over time, are expressions I yearn for and have been attracted to for a long time. 


Thus, by observational transformation and persistent processing of the clay’s materiality, shapes with expressions that engages me emerge and speak to me: 


«I have the right of life».




2015-2018    BFA in medium and material based art, ceramics, National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, Norway
2016-2017    1 semester abroad, studying art at Akademia Sztuk Pieknych we Wroclawiu, Wroclaw, Poland
2013-2014    1 year abroad, studying art at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA

2010-2014    4-year teacher education program, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway


juried exhibitions

2021        Nordnorsken 2021, Bodø - Svolvær - Mosjøen - Harstad - Vadsø, Norway

2020        Juleutstillingen 2020, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway

2019        NÅ ER DET JUL IGJEN, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway

2018        Sommerutstilling 2018, Soon Seilforening, Son, Norway
2014        Juvenarte 2014 REMIGRATION, TM51, Oslo, Norway

selected group exhibitions

2022       Frie hender", Pikene på broen, Kirkenes, Norway

2020        Nord og Never, Galleri Nord-Norge, Harstad, Norway

2020        Komprimert, Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway

2020        Tromsø Open Art Shop, Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway

2018        Graduate show 2018, BFA in medium- and material based art, KHiO, Oslo, Norway
2018        I never saw a crack I didn’t like, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo, Norway

2017        Open Call Vo. 03, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo, Norway

2017        Wood firing with Torbjørn Kvasbøe, Cabinet gallery, KHiO, Oslo, Norway 
2017        Erasmus eXhibition 2017, ASP we Wrocławiu, Poland
2015        Open Call 2015, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo, Norway


2021       Reisestøtte 2021, Norske Kunsthåndverkere

2021       Hjemmeresidens 2021, Sparebank1 Nord-Norge

2020       Tilskudd 2020, Tromsø kommune

2020       Talentstipendet 2020, Sparebankstiftelsen Sparebank1 Nord-Norge

2019       Støtte til kunstnerdrevne salgs- og visningssteder av kunsthåndverk, The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts

2019       Miscellaneous grant for recently graduated artists, Government Grants for Artists


The North-Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (NKNN)

The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (NK)

Kunstnerne i Tromsø (KiT)


2022-2024        Board member, NKNN

2021-2022        Deputy board member, NKNN


Jugendstilsenteret og KUBE, Ålesund, Norway

Nordnorsk kunstnersenter, Svolvær, Lofoten, Norway

Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway