Heidi Kippenberg was born in 1941 in Berlin. In the years 1962 - 1963 she completed an internship with Wilhelm Kuch. Afterwards, she studied at the Kassel University of Fine Arts with Ernst Röttger (Vorlehre) and Walter Popp, whose assistant she was at the time. In 1968, she opened her own workshop in Buch-Weisenhof. They traveled to Colombia, England, Turkey and Japan. Between 1983 and 1988, she lived in Jamaica, but returned to Germany in 1991. Since 2006 she is based in Deitersheim.
Heidi Kippenberg has received various awards, has had exhibitions at home and abroad. Her works are represented in all important German ceramic mills.