Glastonbury Waving Woman Mural painted by artist Frank Harwood with Thorndown Wood Paints 2020-06-24T20:17:06+01:00

Glastonbury Waving Woman Mural

Painted by artist Frank Harwood with Thorndown Wood Paints

If you travel into Glastonbury on the A361 from the direction of Pilton and the Glastonbury Festival site, you will be welcomed by a beautifully cheery woman waving. This colourful mural stands on the side of a house opposite the sacred Chalice Well at the foot of Glastonbury Tor.

Designed and painted by artist Frank Harwood for owners Brad and Sharon, the mural was painted with Thorndown Wood Paints and is another addition to the Glastonbury Mural Trail. Frank developed the design to be welcoming and to reflect the feminine nature of the town, especially the High Street, and wanted it to be in contrast to goddess designs.


Using inspiration from figurative Staffordshire pottery designs, Frank developed a design of a rural shepherdess figure and worked with a papiermache model to get the pose right. He wanted to make reference to the classical poses of strong warrior women, but tempered with the idea of fruitfulness and bounty.


Frank contacted us and we worked with him to supply him with the wood paints for his palette. Frank says of Thorndown;

“I was very impressed by your paints, which performed brilliantly.  The flow was excellent, with no drips or runs, and no drag, a fine balance.

The fact that I could get the full RAL range meant that I could build a working artists palette of strong, vibrant primary colours, and with the addition of a little white, get solid colours with excellent obliteration.
Drying time was excellent, and I particularly liked the low sheen finish.
I understand the paints were originally formulated for wood, but the performance on cement render has been excellent.”
We are delighted to be part of another iconic piece of Glastonbury mural art in the town that we love!