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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, the Guthrie, and Minnesota Opera. Ms. Schiller has won numerous grants and awards for her work. 

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Current Courses Offered by Cecilia Schiller

4 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 four-day exploration of the art of making wooden machines and the mechanisms that make things move. Starting with the design process in…
Thu, Oct 3rd, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 6th, 2019
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. However, the chop saw, the planer, the table saw, the jointer and the rest are all just tools; once you know what you’re doing…
Thu, Jul 18th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 21st, 2019
Instructor: Cecilia Schiller

Past Courses Offered by Cecilia Schiller

Handcrafted Wood Jewelry