Clay Guy specializes in handmade horror character sculptures.
We caught up with Clay Guy creator, Barry Crawford to chat about these figures.
Horror News Network: How did you come up with the concept for these figures?
Barry Crawford: I grew up in the 60's when Universal Horror monsters were everywhere. I built all the Aurora plastic model kits and had all kinds of monster related toys. I also sculpted alot as a kid, using Play-Doh and clay. When I grew up I started sculpting again and just gravitated to Horror and Sci-Fi characters.
Horror News Network: Have you always been a horror fan?
Barry Crawford: Yes, I grew up in the days of TV Horror Hosts and looking forward to being introduced to a new monster each weekend. I remember seeing all the old black and white Universals on TV. I remember seeing Night of the Living Dead on TV when I was a kid. I remember running out to the neighborhood theater to catch Dr. Phibes, Count Yorga or the latest Hammer movie. Fans today have it so easy with DVD and VOD and cable so accessible. But I look back fondly on a time when you'd scour the TV guide to see what was on the late night movie or saving up allowance money to go to the theater.
Horror News Network: How long does it take to produce one of these figures?
Barry Crawford: There are 4 basic steps. The original sculpture is made first. Second, a rubber mold is made of the original. Third, resin (plastic) is poured into the mold, and fourth, each duplicate is hand painted.
Horror News Network: Can you tell us a bit about what goes into making these figures?
Barry Crawford: I'm always on the lookout for a character that will be fun to do. Once I settle on a character, I will sketch out the figure's details and imagine a pose that would compliment the character. I enjoy making figures of characters that no one has done before. For instance, I sculpted a Blair Witch long before McFarland did, based on the eyewitness descriptions in the movie. I've done a bunch of Stephen King characters like Carrie, Jack and the Grady Twins from The Shining, Randall Flagg and Pennywise. I've done silent film characters like Phantom of the Opera, Nosferatu and the Golem. Cult film characters from Clockwork Orange, Eraserhead and Pink Flamingos, and I'm always adding to my line.
Horror News Network: What stands out as your favorite piece that you created?
Barry Crawford: I really do love them all. I mostly appreciate the reaction of people at shows who take their time and really look over each and every figure. Since I usually have between 70 and 80 on display, it's like a mini wax museum.
Horror News Network: What figures are you currently working on?
Barry Crawford: I'm just finishing Bride of Re-Animator, Dark Night of the Scarecrow, Hatchet, Leslie Vernon, The Beast from Sweatshop. Also in the works are a Raine Brown figure, Leatherface, Candyman, Tomb of the Blind Dead Knight, Kirsty and Chatterer from Hellraiser and probably many more. I keep an eye on the guests at shows I'll be doing and try to work on something new just for that show.
Horror News Network: What is the average price of one of these and are custom orders accepted?
Barry Crawford: Most figures are in the $35 range. The price will go up or down depending on popularity. I don't take special orders anymore due to time restraints, but I'm always accepting suggestions.
Horror News Network: Where can people learn more about you and these figures?
Barry Crawford: Check my web site www.clayguy.com. There are plenty of photos, a short bio, and some "how it's done" info.
Horror News Network: In closing, what would you like to say about these figures to our readers?
Barry Crawford: Please buy my figures, I would rather they clutter up your home than mine. They make great gifts, too!
Horror News Network: Thanks for your time Barry! Comment on this interview here or on our forum.