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Passion for glass could become a clear business winner.

A WOMAN who overcame dyslexia to study for a degree is converting her passion for architectural glass into a business.

Mother-of-three Rachael Montgomery, 49, says her glasswork designs are inspired by the North Wales countryside and now she is looking for a studio workshop in the region to launch her new venture.

Her work is designed in two layers, the first layer containing colours and the second a sandblasted sketch, which harnesses daylight. She now plans to work with a double glazing manufacturer to find the best way of incorporating her designs into windows.

"I have a product that is viable and affordable," she said. "Now I want to share my passion by putting my designs into people's homes and in public places as a more cost effective alternative to leaded glass.

"I think there is something very marketable there which can form the core of a business - although it is in its very early stages."

Miss Montgomery, of Oswestry, says she decided to study architectural glass after her mother took her to Coventry Cathedral and she was inspired by the contemporary glasswork.

She overcame dyslexia to graduate recently with honours in applied arts and architectural glass at the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education, Wrexham. Earlier in her life, the undiagnosed dyslexia had prevented her from going to art school when she repeatedly failed to pass a vital English language and literature exam.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2006
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