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The Andean Volcano pipes allude 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. “Sajama” has a crackle-glazed bowl.
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.