A BUSINESSMAN in Conwy was delighted to be asked to make a glass sculpture for the Prince of Wales.

David Pryce-Jones and wife Wendy have been running Glassblobbery, manufacturers of glass sculptures, for 44 years, but have never before made a masterpiece for royalty.

They were thrilled to have had the chance to make a sculpture of the Welsh dragon on behalf of Wockhardt UK, who has been instrumental in the manufacture of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The item was given to Prince Charles during his visit to Wockhardt UK, a plant in Wrexham fill finishing COVID-19 vaccines.

The company is one of the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the UK and entered into a contract with the UK government to prepare COVID-19 vaccines and put them into vials until August 2022.

For that reason, Glassblobbery added a glass vial to the dragon sculpture.

On day one of Wales Week, in which the HRH Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall tour Wales, Prince Charles was shown around Wockhardt’s plant, including the quality control laboratory where 300 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are being produced.

The Prince of Wales was delighted to unveil a trophy commemorating his visit, as well as the glass dragon sculpture which he took home with him.

David said: “I have made many glass sculptures of the Welsh dragon in my career, and it’s an absolute honour to add the Prince of Wales to my list of recipients.

“It’s fantastic that a manufacturing plant in North Wales is playing a massive role in the fight against COVID-19, and it must have been a special day for Wockhardt UK as they welcomed Prince Charles.

“I’m delighted to have been able to play a part, and I very much hope that HRH treasures the gift forever!”

Glassblobbery operates from a workshop in Mochdre, Conwy, and makes glass art, sculptures, Christmas decorations and trophies.

The workshop is open to the public by appointment for anybody who would like to view the sculptures and items on sale.