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Molly Strader

"Growth, transformation of form, and momentum of line are the basis of the works I create. The circle and the disk represent the potential for life and hidden energy, which are at the heart of my creations. In many native and ancient cultures, the circle was a shape used to symbolize heavenly powers and perfection."

From the beginning, Molly Strader was surrounded by art. Her mother was a painter interested in the cultural arts of the Native Americans and other native cultures. Creating art soon became as essential a part of Strader's life as her own interest in the world's native cultures.

Strader traveled to Bali, Indonesia, in the mid-1990s to study under a master wood carver and to learn about Balinese culture. That trip -- and subsequent studies -- started Strader on a lifelong journey on which she continues to devote herself to her artwork and her views of simplicity and "oneness" therein.

Strader obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2004 with a major in metalsmithing and a minor in ceramics. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Toledo, Department of Art.

"I use silver and gold for the domed disks because of the clean, warm, reflective surfaces they provide. The disk forms I use are hollow, and each half is hand-hammered, raised, and soldered to the other."

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Disk Slide Necklaces
Silver Necklace
by Molly Strader
$ 150 - $ 395
Dangling Disk Earrings
Gold or Silver Earrings
by Molly Strader
$ 325 - $ 995
Double Guard
Silver Necklace
by Molly Strader
$ 2,400
Disk Bracelets
Silver Bracelet
by Molly Strader
$ 190
Disk Lariat
Silver Necklace
by Molly Strader
$ 450
Golden Emeralds
Gold & Stone Necklace
by Molly Strader
$ 1,995