A SKILLED glass worker from Mold is to feature in a forthcoming tv programme.

Wendi Trasmundi, 50, will appear on Channel 5's Wonderful World of Crafting at 8pm on Thursday.

The mum-of-two started her business, Trasmundi Glass, about 18 months ago and said she has received a lot of interest in both her bespoke glassware creations and her workshops, in which participants of varying ages and skill levels learn to make different items.

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Wendi Trasmundi checks the kiln

She told the Leader she was proud to represent Mold and Flintshire on the show, adding: "I saw an advert for the programme and I applied - it was quite nerve racking because I have never been on TV before and they asked lots of questions, but I did enjoy it."

In the programme Mrs Trasmundi, who appears alongside a metalworker and a weaver, shows some of her skills as well as trying new crafts which she said were outside of her "comfort zone".

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A stained glass display by Mrs Trasmundi

Mrs Trasmundi has a degree in architectural stained glass and worked in that field before starting her business.

She even has her own stained glass window at Lichfield Cathedral Study Centre - which was installed in about 1991 - and is a former classroom assistant at Mold Alun school, as well as a former team member at the Cheshire Stained Class Company. "I have built my business up over the last few years," she explained.

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Mrs Trasmundi's creations

"When I was a classroom assistant, I was making stuff myself and then it grew to schools asking me to do workshops.

"Then I decided to bite the bullet and just go for it - it's been really good since.

"It's nice because now I get to teach a lot of people who want to learn.

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Lanterns with bespoke painted glass

"I cut all of the glass before the workshops. There's a lot of preparation that goes on before the workshops and a lot of work after."

Her creations - which include all kinds of objects from glass paintings and coasters to lanterns and more - can take anything from a few hours to a few days to paint.

They also need to fuse in a kiln for about 12 to 15 hours.

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Mrs Trasmundi's Christmas creations

"Glass is hard to paint on," she explained.

"It's a lot less easy than paper or canvas, and sometimes when you fire it and look at it, it needs more layers. You do need to be patient."

Mrs Trasmundi and metalwork upcycler Neil Marshall, who will appear in the Channel 5 programme, will also be attending Mold's art and craft fair on October 26 at St Mary's Church Hall in the town.

To find out more about Mrs Trasmundi's glasswork skills, see Channel 5's Wonderful World of Crafting at 8pm on Thursday.

For more information about Trasmundi Glass, visit: http://www.trasmundiglass.co.uk/