Lilo Kemper was born in Liesolette, Germany, which is now a part of Poland, and currently resides in Durham, NC. She attended the equivalent of high school and the first two years of college at the Lyceum for Girls in Potsdam, Germany. Her graduation certificate showed that she was destined for a career in arts and crafts but the reality of World War led her to Berlin where she studied chemistry and biology at Lettehaus. She worked in research laboratories in Munich, New York City, and at Duke University in Durham. Several years before retiring from Duke she began taking pottery classes at Duke Craft Center and the NCSU Crafts Center in Raleigh under the tutelage of Conrad Weiser. Kemper’s career as an artist did not begin until her retirement from Duke University Medical Center in 1985.
Kemper has exhibited in over 25 group shows, most notably including:Duke University Museum of Art; Durham Art Guild; Craft Center Gallery at North Carolina State University, Lee Hansley Gallery and Raleigh Fine Arts Society; Chapel Hill Preservation Society.
She has had 3 solo exhibitions at Lee Hansley Gallery.
Kemper was very good friends with Edith London, whom she acknowledges offered great inspiration and encouragement. Due to health reasons, Kemper has stopped making pots,