Tall Green Bird Effigy Water Pipe



This pipe in the form of a tall bird is made up of a number of thrown and modelled forms, assembled into a one-piece water pipe.  I glazed this pipe in my  smooth matte green granite glaze, a glaze which does not reveal the full extent of its beauty until seen in strong light.  It has a strange glittering crystalline quality that none of my other glazes possess.  This pipe is a fairly large pipe, but because of the way it is built, with a goblet-like base, it is very pleasant to hold, despite its size.

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.

Each pipe comes with two high-fired porcelain screens made to fit the bowl, and these are far better for a smoker’s lungs than the metal screen often sold with commercially produced pipes. The porcelain is completely non-reactive and will not erode with use. Screens may be cleaned by soaking in alcohol or other solvent.  With care they 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.

This pipe was inspired by the many effigy pipes made and used by native cultures in the Americas.


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