Part 1: Double Trouble Interview with Courtney Trouble and Maria of Fucking Sculptures

This post originally appeared on a former iteration of this site on December 5th, 2014. It has been reposted here for posterity. 

I label this “Part 1″ not because there’s more interview, but because Part 2 will be my review of the Double Trouble! Pictures can’t do this terrifyingly beautiful piece of glass art justice, but I’ll try to describe it as best I can in my review- so keep an eye out for my thoughts! I’ll link here when it’s live. 

There have been all sorts of porn performer/sex toy manufacturer collaborations over the years, but there has never been one quite like this- with an artisan, handmade, beautiful body safe sculpture that’s for fucking and a prolific queer porn performer, producer, and director, both of whom consider themselves feminist behind this, you know you’ve got something unique. Read on to see what they have to say about who they are, what the collaborative and creative experience was like, and where you can see the Double Trouble in Courtney’s films!

It’s beyond phallic, as I was intent on the design being a representation of a cunt from the inside out – or you know, a giant queer femme space clit.
— Courtney Trouble

Sexational!: So, I know that the both of you are awesome and why, but for the sake of my readers, who may not know who you are- tell us a little bit about yourselves, what you do, and your businesses!

Maria | Fucking Sculptures: “My name is Maria and I own a dildo company.” This has to be one of my favorite sentences. Fucking Sculptures began in December of 2012- we like to say that it is an experiment dedicated to creating beautiful and unique handcrafted dildos. In 2011 I had the good fortune to fall in love with a slightly crazy and completely amazing glassblower named Lee Miltier (www.leemiltier.com). Fucking Sculptures grew out of our friendship and sexual exploration.  When not thinking about dildos I consider myself a full time feminist, sound engineer, and musician.

The thing that was always stopping me from pursuing a manufacturer for my design idea was always my concern over how the products were made.
— Courtney

Courtney Trouble | Trouble Films: My name is Courtney, and I am a porn performer, artist, and oh yeah, I own a successful adult film production company! If I used Maria’s statement and said that my company is an experiment dedicated to creating beautiful and unique handcrafted porn, that would fit pretty much perfectly. I think that’s why we found each other!

I’m very hands on with the creation of my work and am involved with everything from the creative aspects of filming and editing to the business aspects of marketing and distribution. To brag; I’ve had my photography and writing published in international publications, I presented the keynote at the 2014 Feminist Porn Conference, and I have a shelf stocked with over a dozen awards for my film work – including two that were designed by Fucking Sculptures! My off-duty activities generally revolve around music, feminism, and tiny animals.

My main job was to talk Courtney out of using pink. If there’s one thing I’ve heard clearly from sex toy enthusiasts, it’s that they’re sick of pink.
— Maria
I will never be sick of pink.
— Courtney

S!: Were there a lot of product “drafts” before you settled on the finished product?

My favorite [draft of the Double Trouble], and the one that’s still by my bed, is the first one that was made – it’s red and gold and up close it looks like a ripe red cherry in the rain, but from far away it’s the color of a used tampon.
— -Courtney

M: There were a couple.  I became very excited over a teal/gold color combination we were experimenting with.  In the end the colors were too unpredictable (glass can be finicky) and it would have raised the cost too much.  The Double Trouble is one of our more expensive dildos,  but we did our very best to keep it as affordable as possible. However,  I haven’t given up on the teal/gold and maybe we’ll see a limited edition Fucking Sculptures peacock dildo someday! In the meantime, we’ve recently played with some of these color ideas for ourMysteries of the Deep anniversary line of glass dildos. [Editor’s note: you can see the limited edition Fucking Sculptures here!]

C: There were drafts, and I believe that Maria is leaving out a very important part of our process, which that these toys were hand tested by both of us in our personal sex lives. Each draft of the piece was usable in it’s own right, and I very fondly remember testing each and every rough draft out on myself and my co stars and sex parters. My favorite one, and the one that’s still by my bed, is the first one that was made – it’s red and gold and up close it looks like a ripe red cherry in the rain, but from far away it’s the color of a used tampon. I fucking love it. I always crave it when I’m on my period!

It’s kinda like, really fucking cool that I get to see how different people are responding to this piece all the time. It’s a powerful piece of art!
— Courtney

S!: Will we be seeing the Double Trouble in any upcoming or already existant Trouble Films?

C: The Double Trouble is in constant rotation on set! It’s gotten a reputation as a people-pleaser, and has helped with some of the most beautiful cunt ejaculation footage I’ve ever shot. Look for it in Soft Girls + Strap Ons/Lesbian Curves 3, and on IndiePornRevolution.Com and QueerPorn.TV. It’s kinda like, really fucking cool that I get to see how different people are responding to this piece all the time. It’s a powerful piece of art!

S!: Are you two planning any collaboration in the future?

M: Fucking Sculptures and Trouble Films are constantly collaborating in one way or another. Fucking Sculptures sponsored an International Fisting Day giveaway this year.  IFD is a celebration created by Courtney and Jiz Lee, a queer porn performer and the marketing director of Pink and White Productions. Fucking Sculptures also sponsored a queer porn screening at this year’s Bay Area Ladyfest and Courtney submitted her scene with the Double Trouble from Lesbian Curves 3. So our collaboration is ongoing and fluid,  but we don’t have any new dildo plans on the horizon.

And sure, not everyone who masturbates is a feminist (and not all feminists masturbate), but for us the two ideas are intrinsic.
— Maria

C: I think that just continuing to create the Double Trouble , and expand on the idea of the shape and form through special editions, will be a lifelong conversation between myself and Maria and Lee.  The Double Trouble is really the only sex “toy” I’ve ever felt the need to create, and I would rather just riff off it for a while then expand to a new shape or concept. There’s just still so much in that piece to explore. I do think that the early peacock coloring is worth a revisit – the sexual prowess and confidence symbolised by peacock is an ongoing element of my own art and persona, and would make a great special edition Double Trouble.

S!: Any closing comments?

M: However you do it,  we here at Fucking Sculptures support masturbation and self-pleasure in all its many forms; with toys or without,  solo or partnered.  The possibilities are endless.  And sure,  not everyone who masturbates is a feminist (and not all feminists masturbate), but for us the two ideas are intrinsic. We are honored to be a small part of widening the horizon of options available to people who want to reclaim their bodies, their sexuality, and take their pleasure into their own hands. Self-pleasure may not save the world,  but it’s a step in the right direction. In loving ourselves,  we can learn to love each other better as well.

C: I agree with Maria – it’s so important for people to have access to their own sexual pleasure. I want more women to have more access to their own orgasms, and I want the world to finally start to understand and embrace female sexuality. Sex toys are the real weapons of feminists. Reclaiming our own sexual identities is essential and I hope this piece has made a difference to those who have gotten a chance to use her.