Samantha Norha was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. She attended Bemidji State University for two years. Due to the institutions financial issues she moved back to Duluth to receive her BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She was actively involved in the art communities in both Bemidji and Duluth, participating in numerous art sales, workshops, created ceramic work for the Arts and Design department banquet at UMD, and volunteered at the Duluth Art Institute. She also loved going to Third Thursdays in Duluth. Her work has been displayed at various venues such as the Tweed Museum (Duluth), Double Dutch (Duluth), Moosebrew (Esko), and Bad Cat Creations (Bemidji).
In the summer of 2012 her love and passion for travel helped to secure a studio assistant position in Zakynthos, Greece working under Hanne Mi Sauge. Working close to a professional artist sparked an interest in pursuing another assistant job. While finishing her last year at college, she worked for Duluth Pottery with local artist Karen Kramer.
Currently she lives in Portland, OR and is pursuing opportunities that have the potential to lead her in the life of a full-time potter. She loves to travel, takes frequent trips to visit her family in Norway, has a rabbit named Pancakes with a large-personality, and enjoys the outdoors.