Lillemor Mannerheim was born in 1927 and grew up on the Niemenkylä farm in Vichtis. She was nicknamed Lillemor by her younger brother Carl Erik. Marchal Mannerheim was Lillemor Mannerheim’s grandfather’s brother.
After the war, Lillemor Mannerheim moved to Stockholm. She studied at University of Arts, Crafts and Design and later in Paris at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. She also worked for Rörstand and Arabia and had a permanent job at Gefle porcelain factory.
Ceramic artist Lillemor Mannerheim is known for, among other things, her playful animal sculptures and her seemingly simple organic forms in her numerous vases and tableware.
Lillemor Mannerheim married Carl-Gustaf Klingspor in 1957 and moved to Helleki’s manor in Västergötland near Lake Vänern. After the wedding, Lillemor left her job at Gefle porcelain factory, but continued working in her own studio at Hellekis.
The exhibition The Endangered for Arabia 1984 became Lillemor Mannerheim’s comeback. The series represents a collection of several endangered animals, including pandas, penguins and koalas.
Lillemor Mannerheim died of cancer at home at Hellekis in 1994.
More than a hundred works are included in the exhibition Moving Shapes, which highlights Lillemor Mannerheim’s work as a ceramic artist. The exhibition has previously been shown in the Rian Design Museum in Falkenberg and in the Rörstrand museum in Lidköping. The exhibition is produced by museum director Love Jönsson and Marie Klingspor, daughter of Lillemor Mannerheim. Barbro Kulvik and Antti Siltavuori are responsible for the installation at the KWUM museum and gallery in Fiskars.