Flying Alphabet by Miwak Junior

Flying Alphabet

by Miwak Junior


Miwak Junior's "Flying Alphabet" collection of ceramic pipes is inspired by the Aviation Phonetic Alphabet, or the Flying Alphabet. Control tower, this is 6-1 Sierra Hotel Delta asking permission to land... The collection features pipes of pure stoneware and porcelain clays with bold, hand-painted glazes. This is Mike Indigo Whiskey Alfa Kilo Juliet Romeo and we have lift off...

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. 

Variations in color, shade, surface texture and size are natural characteristics of all our products and should be expected. Images shown are representative, but may not indicate all variations in these characteristics.

Measures approximately 2.5” by 4”. Responsibly made in California.

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 objet of beauty with a discreet functionality. Partner Alice Johnson Boher agreed, and Miwak Junior was born. 

The Miwak Junior aesthetic is inspired by Pre-Columbian cultures, Space Age wonder, and the clean minimalism of Japanese design. Alice and Sebastian live in Echo Park, Los Angeles, where their home studio serves as the creative nucleus of the brand.