Clay pipe bowls can be dated with some certainty according to their shape, size and decoration, and with even more accuracy if they feature a makers-mark on the heel, the protrusion under the bowl. The top pipe bowl above dates from 1640-60 while the one below is a fairly typical decorated one from 1780-1820.
When did clay pipes stop being made?
1960s The pipe making industry flourished until the beginning of the 20th century when cigarettes became more popular than pipe smoking. As a result, the commercial production of clay pipes dwindled and ceased in the 1960s.
How do you clean a clay smoking pipe?
To clean a clay pipe, gently wipe out the bowl with a slightly damp rag, or, for deeper cleaning, set it on the very top rack of your oven, as close to the top as possible, and set the oven to “Self-Cleaning” mode. This will eliminate any residue left in the pipe.
Are clay pipes safe to smoke?
YES, ceramic pipes are safe to smoke out of if the maker uses non-toxic, lead-free glazes and clay, fires their pieces at the appropriate temperature based on the types of clay and materials they are using, AND as long as the pipe or water pipe is glazed on the inside.
Can I smoke out of an air dry clay pipe?
No. Air dry clay remains in a reactive state. Fired clay (porcelain, China, etc) and glazes, or various safe types of art and utility glass, become inert- non reactive- to many chemicals, consumables, smoke, and heat when fired.