In 1962 she married Erwin Eisch and moved with him to Frauenau. Here she discovered glass painting. Alongside her family work, she made sacred and secular stained glass windows, she enriched the Eisch glassworks with ideas and designs, and, from 1984 to 1989, led the "Poetry in Glass" glass painting workshop. During these years a main focus was on collaborative work with Erwin Eisch; examples are the St. Hermann Chapel on the Zell, Frauenau, large installations such as "Fountain of Youth" and "Narcissus: An Interior", as well as the well-known series of glass heads. From the 1990s she returned to sculptural work in wood and ceramics and to coloured woodcuts.
With her art works, but also as a workshop leader and as guiding spirit of the international summer academy Bild-Werk Frauenau, she touched and inspired countless people. Gretel Eisch was always on the move, always there where something needed to be done for beauty and humanity - be it for the Bavarian and Bohemian Forest National Parks or the Glass Ark project, for the townscape of Frauenau or the village carnival, or for the glassmakers in the Bavarian Forest. She still had a lot of plans.
Gretel Eisch leaves behind five children and six grandchildren, a pioneering body of work and a blossoming garden.
The funeral service and burial will take place in the parish church of Frauenau on Wednesday, June 15, at 3 p.m.
A digital commemorative book has been published on our website. Anyone who would like to share memories of and thoughts about Gretel is invited to post them there: