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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