Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sonja studied Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) in Halifax, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012. Her work at NSCAD was inspired by elements of erosion, decay, and regrowth in urban and rural environments, with her initial interest in sculptural concepts continually influencing her work. One of her current endeavors deconstructs her undergraduate work and is represented by a limited production line.
Sonja has showcased her work in Halifax, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Arizona, including regular exhibits with the Manitoba Craft Council (Annual Members and Juried Exhibitions, 2012, 2013), a Winnipeg Art Gallery Trunk Show (2013), Toronto International Jewellery Festival (2013), Rough Cut Solo Exhibition (2012), and at the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference (2012, 2013). Her work has been published in the Opine Canadian Juried Student Exhibition Catalog (2013) and “Larks 500 Art Necklaces (500 Series)” (2013). She has been a recipient of the Millennium Scholarship (MB, 2008) and holds professional memberships with the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and the Metal Arts Guild of Canada (MAGC).
Sonja currently resides in Winnipeg, where she houses her studio, actively creating pieces for both exhibition and private commission. She plans to take her production lines to the One-Of-A-Kind trade shows, and continue building an independent body of work in preparation for graduate school.