Zapaleri Pipe by Miwak Junior

Zapaleri Pipe Zapaleri Pipe

Zapaleri Pipe

by Miwak Junior


The Zapaleri Pipe alludes to the smoke and lava of the volcanoes which dot Miwak Junior’s native Andes. Sebastian is from Chile; a volatile land of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. Volcanoes enchant him in particular - he draws them, he sculpts them, he travels far distances to look at them. He recommends the Werner Herzog doc, 'Into the Inferno.'

A hollow interior provides a large chamber for smoke, and the exterior is hand-finished for a smooth feel in the palm. The bowl of the pipe is hand-glazed for a non-porous, easy-to-clean surface.

Miwak Junior pipes are fired in reduction, in a gas kiln at an extremely high fire temperature. The heat renders their pipes especially sturdy, and the reduction process creates an ever-changing array of finishes which make each piece truly one-of-a-kind.

  • Materials: Mixed stoneware, glaze, each one uniquely patterned.

  • Size: 4 x 3 x 0.75 in.

  • Weight: ~3.75 oz.

  • Use: Medium sized bowl, side carb, mouthpiece on end of shallow body.

  • Care: We highly recommend cleaning with Miwak’s Terpene Wash, or Isopropyl alcohol + salt; Box includes detailed cleaning instructions.

  • Made: Slip cast and glazed responsibly in Los Angeles.

Miwak Junior first began as a rebellious act in a community college ceramics class, where making smoking implements was strictly verboten. Chilean artist Sebastian Boher tried twice to sneak a pipe into the kiln; but on his third try, the pipe went undetected by the censors, proving that he'd created an object of beauty with a discreet functionality. The Miwak Junior aesthetic is inspired by Pre-Columbian cultures, Space Age wonder, and the clean minimalism of Japanese design. Sebastian lives and works in Los Angeles, out of his home studio.