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Hooray For Hildegard
Thursday, 01 January 2009 00:00

“Lydia,” Günzel’s anniversary porcelain doll, is named after thHildegard Günzel’s Latest Dolls Fill our Hearts with Joy

Hildegard Günzel has done it again. Celebrating 35 years of dollmaking this year, the German artist’s creations continue to smile and jump and laugh and take us to where the livin’ is easy.

Brand New World
Thursday, 01 December 2005 00:00

“Spätzchen” means “little bird” in German and also is used to mean “little girl.” Günzel shares that she likes to use the names of children she knows, “or will borrow my friends’ grandchildren’s names, or sometimes from books and stories I like to read.” The doll, an edition of 250 pieces, is priced at $790.The ever-evolving Hildegard Günzel forges ahead with a new look and a new medium. Her entrée into modern designs sparks excitement.

When Hildegard Günzel began to make an undeniable name for herself in the United States, back in the 1980s, her Germanic-sounding name, with its many syllables and alphabet soup appearance, was a tongue-twisting nightmare. Many folks wondered whether Günzel would anglicize her moniker, reduce its difficulty, and make it easier on the Yankee palate. True to herself and to her origins, Hildegard Günzel maintained that her public would come to embrace her lyrical works and her wordy first and last names. She was right. Today, her name rolls off the tongue; it has become synonymous with excellence, beauty and regality. When collectors talk about dolls that are ethereal and realistic, lovely and refined, they more often than not allude to Günzel.

A Lifetime of Achievement
Wednesday, 01 January 2003 00:00

In the early 1980s, Günzel allowed Mathias Wanke, of M. Wanke GmbH, to issue molds of her dolls so that hobbyists could reproduce their own versions. “Helga” is one of these early molds, which are no longer available.A Grande Dame of the Doll World is Honored for her Work

It was the 1970s,” Hildegard Günzel reminisces, “and I was determined that my oldest son, Kai, would not grow up with the usual gender stereotypes. I wanted to raise him to be a nurturing, peaceful man.”