Clay pipes have been around for centuries, if not longer. Clay is very easy to mold, therefore many shapes and sizes are possible. There are very straightforward designs, replicas of vintage pipes, through to more elaborate figurine designs.

NICE Vintage Antique Clay Ceramic Churchwarden LONG Tobacco Smoking Pipe 9
NICE Vintage Antique Clay Ceramic Churchwarden LONG Tobacco Smoking Pipe 9
$15.99
Antique Clay Ceramic Pipe Figurial Bust William Shakespeare c1920s 6 inches L
Antique Clay Ceramic Pipe Figurial Bust William Shakespeare c1920s 6 inches L
$75.00
ANTIQUE CLAY PIPE FIGURE HEAD
ANTIQUE CLAY PIPE FIGURE HEAD
$25.33
Fabulous Vintage Large Clay Pipe Football  Rugby Players Present from Skegness
Fabulous Vintage Large Clay Pipe Football Rugby Players Present from Skegness
$25.33
Clay Pipe Bowl w Masonic Symbol Antique
Clay Pipe Bowl w Masonic Symbol Antique
$19.99
3 x Handmade Rare Terracotta Smoking clay Pipe for cigar cigarettes Collectable
3 x Handmade Rare Terracotta Smoking clay Pipe for cigar cigarettes Collectable
$13.99
4 x Handmade Rare Terracotta Smoking clay Pipe for cigar cigarettes Collectable
4 x Handmade Rare Terracotta Smoking clay Pipe for cigar cigarettes Collectable
$12.99
C8 Authentic Native American Indian Clay Pipe Tavern Fur Trade Civil War
C8 Authentic Native American Indian Clay Pipe Tavern Fur Trade Civil War
$16.95
C5 Authentic Native American Indian Clay Pipe Tavern Fur Trade Civil War
C5 Authentic Native American Indian Clay Pipe Tavern Fur Trade Civil War
$16.95
Superb collection of 31 early clay pipe bowls ranging from 18th to 20th century
Superb collection of 31 early clay pipe bowls ranging from 18th to 20th century
$13.92
VINTAGE GIANT 19th CENTURY CLAY or MEERSCHAUM PIPE BOWL etc
VINTAGE GIANT 19th CENTURY CLAY or MEERSCHAUM PIPE BOWL etc
$6.32
Collectable Clay Pipe Bowl
Collectable Clay Pipe Bowl
$10.12
Antique Clay Pipe Rest With Copper Insert  Dutch
Antique Clay Pipe Rest With Copper Insert Dutch
$55.00
Antique VERY Early Clay Tobacco Pipe Circa 1610 Tiny Bowl Thames Mudlarking Find
Antique VERY Early Clay Tobacco Pipe Circa 1610 Tiny Bowl Thames Mudlarking Find
$12.66
Vtg AZTEC CLAY MOISTENER AMBER GLASS TOBACCO JAR Humidor for Pipe Tobacco Nice
Vtg AZTEC CLAY MOISTENER AMBER GLASS TOBACCO JAR Humidor for Pipe Tobacco Nice
$24.99

Clay pipes are almost always made from a very fine white clay. The more low quality clay pipes are not actually made from clay but, from porcelain poured into a mould. These pipes are actually porous and of low quality, adding unfavorable flavors during a smoke. Top quality clays are made in a very labor-intensive process, requiring all the air to be beaten out of the clay. Each pipe is then hand rolled prior to molding, piercing with fine wire, finishing off with careful firing.

Normally, clay pipes are left un-glazed, as clays burn hot compared to other kinds of pipes, making them difficult for the majority of pipe smokers to smoke. Smokers that favour clay pipes claim that a well made clay pipe gives more of a pure smoke than other pipes, with no added flavor from the pipes bowl. Once considered disposable items, large numbers of clay pipes were thrown out in the past. They are now often used to assist in dating by industrial archaeologists.