Miwak Junior's "Andean Volcanoes" collection 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.'
Zapaleri is a ceramic pipe made by using a combination of natural stoneware and black stoneware clays. The resulting patterns from this mix are wholly unique and one-of-a-kind, like snowflakes or fingerprints.
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.