I was offered my first play doll in 1952. It was a
Schildkröt celluloid doll with moulded hair and painted
As a mother I admired most the Sasha Morgenthaler
dolls for their clearness of design and convincing
functionality as a good play doll.
Before designing collectible dolls, I was fascinated by
thread puppets and theatre performances with puppets.
I was a member of the puppet theatre "Kleines Spiel" in
Munich for years.During this time I made many puppets
also for sale in wood composition or resin.When I saw
the dolls of the swiss artist Elfriede Schwarzenbach,I cut
the threads of my puppets and made dolls for children
In 1979 I met by chance Hanne Adler- Kruse, the
daughter and successor of the famous doll designer
Käthe Kruse. We became friends and some years later
I designed two dolls for the Käthe Kruse company.
At the same time in Munich I met Elisabeth Pongratz,
a talented doll artist. We shared our experiences in doll
making for many years and held a doll shop together.