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Cecilia Schiller

St. Paul, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Cecilia Schiller

Sculptor and woodcarver, Cecilia works in her studio on the Mississippi River near downtown St. Paul to make interactive, gear-driven, people-powered, carved mechanical pieces (also called automata). These whimsical and colorful sculptures are brought to life when viewers turn a crank. The movement of the gears and figures mesmerizes both young and old. Cecilia honed a unique skill set that combines fine aesthetic details with high quality, durable workmanship while building sets and other creative imagery for theaters and private companies, including Children’s Theater, In the Heart of the Beast, the Guthrie, and the Minnesota Opera. Ms. Schiller has won numerous grants and awards for her work. 

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Current Courses Offered by Cecilia Schiller

5 Days
Teaser image for Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood: Extended Session

Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood: Extended Session

Cranks wind, gears turn, dragons chomp and birds fly. Welcome to the whimsical world of automata: simple wooden machines that delight and amaze. Join Cecilia Schiller for a five-day exploration of the art of making wooden machines and the mechanisms that make things move. Starting with the design process in…
Wed, Apr 29th, 2020  –  Sun, May 3rd, 2020
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller
4 Days
Teaser image for Woodshop Intro for Women

Woodshop Intro for Women

If you’ve never really had the opportunity to gain experience in the woodshop before, the prospect of working with power tools can be a bit daunting. They’re loud, they’re powerful and it’s no secret they can be dangerous. However, the table saw, planer, jointer, and bandsaw are useful tools: once…
Thu, Mar 19th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller

Past Courses Offered by Cecilia Schiller

Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood

Handcrafted Wood Jewelry