Helga was in the first class to graduate from
Institute of Technology's School of American Crafts . She has worked
as a jewelry designer, goldsmith, metalsmithing teacher, and graphic designer
in New York City, Connecticut, and Maine. She joined us in 1987 because
she was hanging around a lot anyway and spending all her spare money on
jewelry. As sales manager emeritus, she gets a discount on the jewelry but she doesn't
have to hang around so much any more. Helga retired a couple of years ago.
Emmett is Polly and Jack's older son, serving an informal apprenticeship as a goldsmith.
He works most afternoons at the bench where he builds the Polly Hoops and a variety of
other products as well as doing your repairs and acting as our primary laser welding technician.
He's been at the store since 2016, but he started learning to do metal work and sculpture
when he was a kid. Emmett is an accomplished musician and frequently performs locally.
Polly graduated from Rhode
Island School of Design with a BFA in light metals. While
she was there enameling and glass blowing were passions of hers. Polly
came straight to Maine and has been with us since 1984 in different
capacities, including goldsmithing, design, display, and a stint on the
road as our sales representative.She took one break to earn a GG in residence
from the Gemological Institute of America
in Santa Monica and another to intern with Rupenthal in Paris.
Jack received an AB and MA in mathematics
from Clark University
and learned about metal work from hanging around his father's machine shop,
reading books, and a few workshops and courses at Worcester Craft
Center, where he also taught metalsmithing and business practices for craftspeople.
He is one of the founders of Circle Round the Moon, and has been in charge
of the checkbook since 1974. He answers the e-mail and codes these
web pages in addition to his duties at the bench, microscope, and counter.