This is a chillum of classic form, thrown on the wheel and carved to produce an interesting texture. The bowl end was dipped in a blue slip, then the entire piece was glazed with a silky white crystalline glaze and sprayed lightly with an ash glaze. The resulting surface is rich and complex, not just visually but also in a tactile sense. The chillum stone is formed of unglazed porcelain, carved with spiral flutes to allow the passage of smoke.
Clay pipes have a very long history; examples from thousands of years in the past can be found in museums around the world. But they are rarely to be found in the work of contemporary potters, which is a great shame, in my opinion. High-fired porcelain is particularly well-suited to pipe making, as it is fully vitreous and is as impervious as glass to soaking up unpleasant odors. It can be cleaned in any way that a glass pipe can be cleaned. Each of my pipes is made individually by hand, and is therefore completely one-of-a-kind.
The chillum stone may be cleaned by soaking in alcohol or other solvent. With care it should last a lifetime.
This piece, like all my work, contains no lead or other toxic elements, and is food-safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe.