The Kinky Kitsch of Pansy Ass Ceramics

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Gangbangs stenciled on flowery china, salt and pepper shakers labeled “Hooker,” “Slut” and “Whore”  in cutesy cursive — the dirty, decorative housewares created by Andy Walker and Kris Aaron, AKA Pansy Ass Ceramics, are a joy to behold. Now the duo is bringing their kitschy kitchenware to the art world: A show of theirs just wrapped up in in their hometown of Toronto, and the pair have two more shows coming up in Canada this summer, including one at a gallery called Glory Hole. We talked to Andy about lifecasting penises, family heirlooms and why squirrels are the most sexually liberated of all woodland creatures.

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I love all of your work. What originally inspired this blaspheme?

We really liked the campiness and kitschiness of those little tchotchkes from the fifties and sixties that you sort of collect and display in your house to show a quirky side of your personality. We wanted to take that and fill it with gay sex.

I’m a big tchotchke collector, maybe because they make me feel like I’m a giant and I’m not that tall. Have you always been into them?

Yeah, we’ve always collected them and displayed them much like my grandma probably used to do. Like, ‘look at all these cute little objects.’

Are the plates and tchotchkes actually based on family heirlooms?

Not really. We had a lot of vintage, second-hand material that we found and we have used china patterns similar to Kris’s mother’s, but I don’t think we’ve ever used any of my grandmother’s tchotchkes.

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Do you take requests?

We do. Especially with the plates, we’ve had people ask for very specific things that they’re interested in, or pictures of their partner, or combinations of those things. We’re also currently looking for more dick models.

You’re doing what now?

All the dicks are lifecast so we’re going to try to do a local open call and get more sizes.

Right, to make it more diverse. So are you going to go after men with micro penises, or uncircumcised penises or circum-supersized penises? 

Exactly, we want to expand beyond the two penises we’ve cast. Most people encounter more than two penises in their lives. We really want to have different shapes and sizes; not just the average or the above average.

What did each of you do before taking on the competitive pornographic ceramic market?

I just finished my graduate degree — I studied design — and Chris works as a video editor for an ad agency. We both do this part time.

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You told me you have a show coming up at the Glory Hole Gallery. I tried Googling it but all I got was porn.

It doesn’t exist yet. We’re doing the launch show. It’ll be eight mini-galleries that you peer in through gloryholes. We’re going to do eight little diaramas you can glimpse in and get a peak of different worlds.

Do you know what you’re going to put in the boxes yet?

We’re working on some very small figures. We’ve talked about having a little dancefloor with a little disco ball and little guys making out and then progressing to much naughtier things as you walk through the room.

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What is your ultimate goal with this project? Do you want to quit your jobs and do this full-time or is it more of a passion project for you?

Up until recently, it’s sort of been a fun hobby but because I don’t have a full-time job now, I’m going to invest as much as I can over the summer and see where it goes. Kris would like to quit his job and work on this but it doesn’t really support us yet.

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What inspired you to combine porcelain penises with little critters?

Both the squirrel and the cockatoo sort of have these sexual connotations. The cockatoo has that cockiness on display while the squirrel is always looking for the nut, you know?

About The Author

Steven Blum is a writer in Los Angeles. He's written for Broadly, The Stranger, Blackbook Magazine and the Daily Dot

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