Instructor Highlight: Clio Wilde

Clio is a woodworker, soft sculptor, and musician who has inhabited many pastoral landscapes prior to winding up in sunny Los Angeles. It came as no surprise when she earned her BA in Studio Art from Lewis & Clark College (‘15), as she comes from a long line of textile artists, boatbuilders, and oil painters. In addition to teaching classes at Allied Woodshop, Clio manages Offerman Woodshop. She has been with OWS since 2016, where she was hired as short-term holiday help. Five years later, she now runs the show alongside fellow Allied instructor, Sarah Watlington. Clio oversees floor production and runs product development, often designing and puzzling out the build process for the smaller projects made in the shop.

Clio joined the Allied crew in 2019 as an assistant teacher and now is the lead instructor for Intro to Woodworking and Women's Intro to Woodworking. She loves teaching this unit as it is often the attendees' first time working with wood-- witnessing her students experience the magic of organic materials and machining for the first time has become one of her favorite pastimes. 

Additionally, Clio has more recently begun working on bigger builds and installs. She spent much of the pandemic turning a single car garage into an ADU, outfitted with a large white oak loft and partner pieces around the space. Clio also works closely with Would Works, a nonprofit social enterprise affiliated with Offerman Woodshop that provides work opportunities for people who are homeless or living in poverty by teaching them fundamental carpentry skills.


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