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Cecilia Schiller

St. Paul, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Cecilia Schiller
Sculptor and woodcarver Cecilia Schiller 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 mesmerize viewers, both young and old. Cecilia honed a unique skillset 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, Guthrie and Minnesota Opera. Ms. Schiller has won numerous grants and awards for her work. See more of her creations at

Current Courses Offered by Cecilia Schiller

3 1/2 Days
Teaser image for Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood

Automata: Mechanical Marvels in Wood

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 three-day exploration of the principles of making wooden machines and the simple mechanisms that make things move. Beginning with the design process,…
Thu, Jul 27th, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 30th, 2017
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller