Family Tradition Since 1894
When the company's founder Carl Schaller laid the foundation for his family-owned company in 1894 with the production of filling figures of paper mache, he had no way of knowing that his company would still exist as many as 120 years later, selling the popular papier mache figurines around the world from Meilschnitz.
The trained embosser from Neustadt modelled and produced the templates for his figurines himself before they were decorated and painted by his entire family – including the children. Carl's son Ino, a trained baker, took over the family company in the 1940s. He gave the manufacture Ino Schaller its name.
In the 1950s, the paper mache figurines were displaced. Both Ino and his son Dieter Schaller focused on the new plastic figurines. The old paper mache technique would almost have been forgotten. However, the family kept the beautiful old moulds, and with them the knowledge of material and production. In the 1980s, Thomas Schaller rediscovered the good old figurines and was so fascinated by them that he started to produce paper mache figurines again with the help of his father Dieter Schaller. This branch is currently going through a renaissance. The figurines are more popular than ever among their collectors and lovers, not only in the USA.
Even today, the family-owned company is structured to involve everyone in the production. The Manufaktur Ino Schaller remained in the family's hands at all times. Dieter and Ursula Schaller manage operations in the 3rd generation and are still involved with the business. Their children Thomas Schaller & Christina Franke-Schaller now continue the operation as representatives of the 4th generation.