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Fergus Ray Murray

Your Company Name: N/A
Email Address/Web Page: frm@oolong.co.uk
   http://oolong.co.uk
City & State: Edinburgh, Scotland
Type of Craft: Polymer Clay

Tell us in your own words, how you discovered polymer clay and how long have you been using it?

I must have got some as a present when I was a kid, and I've been using it off and on ever since.

Are there any special artists that you can attribute your interest to or that have inspired you?

It's quite difficult to say... I find artists inspiring without necessarily being influenced by them artistically, if you know what I mean. They would include Edward Gorey, MC Escher, Nick Park, Ursula Vernon and my brother, Leo Murray.

What is your specialty?

In polymer clay - small creatures.

Can you tell us why you find polymer clay the expressive medium for you?

I just find it beautifully easy to work with. It's very tactile, which suits the way I work, and it's easy to doodle in - just playing around until something I like takes form. I also quite like how its built-in colour means I don't have to think too much about colour myself.

Have you published any polymer clay books or do you have any in the works?

No

I know it is very difficult to express, but have you won any awards for your polymer clay work?

No

What are your expectations for the future? Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?

I'd like to sell more of my creatures, but I also want to do more with them - storytelling things, whether animation, illustration, or something else.

Do you have any advice for the beginning polymer clay enthusiasts?

Keep playing around. Do what comes naturally.

Are you a member of any Polymer Clay group,or any other craft organization?

No

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

Anything which doesn't require crazy amounts of pre-kneading, like Fimo 'Classic' always did. I think my very favourite so far is Premo Sculpey.

Last and most important can you tell us all about you? Your family, your training?

I have no artistic training to speak of - I got a degree in Physics & Philosophy instead, and a Master's in Computer Games Engineering, and now I'm an amateur photographer, graphics programmer and web designer, with a day job maintaining a web site for a major international festival. So far polymer-clay sculpting is my most lucrative hobby, but not by a long way.

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