I’m a professional decorator who specialises in lazure painting; a glazing technique in which layers of translucent colour are applied to a white surface.
I’ve painted schools, churches, therapy rooms and an array of commercial and residential buildings. Most recently for Heatherwick Studio, the company who designed the opening ceremony of the London Olympics and the new London double decker bus.
I grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire and in my twenties I worked as an industrial decorator. I was part of a team working in textile mills in Halifax and Bradford as they were converted into shops and offices. I also trained as a specialist applicator for the concrete reactors at Sellafield nuclear power station.
I first saw lazure painting in a village in North Yorkshire and knew immediately that is what I wanted to do. My first opportunity to learn was at The Goetheanum in Switzerland whilst working as a volunteer. Soon after, I did the colour foundation course at Tobias School of Art in West Sussex.
Lazure painting developed out of the teachings of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925).
Gary Chippendale, M.A.
“We mold our lives in clay and light” – Pablo Neruda
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“These paints, produced from Steiner’s well tested and improved recipes, afford the most suitable organic vessel for pigmentation” I am hoping to find a source for these products in the US if you can provide a resource for what they are:) I am working with an Ojibwe/Waldorf parent-child initiative on the Fond du Lac reservation in Minnesota and they would like to lazure their early childhood space, but I am not sure where to get the supplies. Thank you for your support for this project!
Do you know if and where these products are sold in the US?
Environmental Building Supplies in Portland, Oregon imported Aglaia products but that was twenty years ago. In 2014 I painted a chapel in New York and used an eco paint from Benjamin Moore. In the UK I lazure onto white clay paint and use Aglaia beeswax binder with water and pigment for the lazure. Your best option is probably to use a breathable eco paint and artists medium for the binder. Compatibility with the white paint and the binder is the most important thing so test first. Aglaia oval brushes are great for lazure painting too.