Painting for pleasure
Easter weekend is traditionally a time when children gather around the kitchen table for the pleasurably messy business of decorating hard boiled eggs, which are then offered as gifts to grandparents or used in enjoyably silly egg and spoon races with the family. So the Amorist was intrigued to hear about a new small business, called Persian Palm, that has taken Tuscany’s 700-year old tradition of hand-painted ceramics in an entirely new direction: artisan-crafted dildos.
Started by two Italian women who wanted to combine the hand-painted ceramic traditions of their home village with their love of sex toys, Persian Palm’s shapes are so sculpturally pretty and beautifully painted that, lined up in a row, they could easily be mistaken for decorative sculptures or indeed children’s skittles (which is handy for those who don’t want to have to hide their sex toys under the bed).
An order is about to be placed for The Amorist’s sex toy testers, Cosmo Landesman and Clover Stroud, so they can review these delights with characteristic wit, verve - and hopefully pleasure - in one of their monthly features. The Amorist is confident the magazine’s witty columnists will enjoy testing such elegant alternatives to the usual resin-based, battery-operated designs.
The toys are called Persian Palm after the typical yellow, white and blue Renaissance decorative style ‘Palmetto Persiana’, and the company currently offers seven shapes of dildo made from resin-filled glazed ceramic, which creates a smooth, hard surface for playful experimentation. There are also sleek shiny black or red designs decorated with gold or platinum.
Customers can request customised dildos inscribed with names or special designs, so they'd make lovely gifts for any gender or sexual orientation. Each piece is individually made and hand-painted over a ten-day process, costing between €120-€160 each. Special Edition lines are also offered by the entrepreneurial duo, for Christmas and other occasions. Non-toxic and eco-friendly, the glazes are food-grade and the dildos are washable and non-porous. As she writes, the Amorist is mentally doodling a design for her beloved.
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