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.

NEW UNSMOKED CLAY PIPE GERMANY VINTAGE FLOWER with LID TRADITIONALLY MOLDED+++
NEW UNSMOKED CLAY PIPE GERMANY VINTAGE FLOWER with LID TRADITIONALLY MOLDED+++
$9.99
SET of 4 NEW WHITE CLAY PIPES GERMANY CLASSIC STYLE 18 cm L+43cm H+1 MP WHITE
SET of 4 NEW WHITE CLAY PIPES GERMANY CLASSIC STYLE 18 cm L+43cm H+1 MP WHITE
$12.99
SET 2 NEW WHITE CLAY PIPE BOWLS 1900 FRANCE ART DECO STYLE 25 cm L+33cm H+++
SET 2 NEW WHITE CLAY PIPE BOWLS 1900 FRANCE ART DECO STYLE 25 cm L+33cm H+++
$12.99
Long Churchwarden Vintage Chinese Clay and Bamboo estate pipe pipa pfeife
Long Churchwarden Vintage Chinese Clay and Bamboo estate pipe pipa pfeife
$14.06
20 Very Old Clay Pipes From Pamplin Va Pipe Factory
20 Very Old Clay Pipes From Pamplin Va Pipe Factory
$62.00
4 BLACK CLAY PIPES GERMANY CLASS STYLES 115 16cm L REENACTMENT CIVIL WAR RARE+
4 BLACK CLAY PIPES GERMANY CLASS STYLES 115 16cm L REENACTMENT CIVIL WAR RARE+
$16.99
5 NEW CLAY PIPES BROWN AGED GERMANY BISHOP+KNIGHT GUEST TEST PIPE AWESOME+AAA
5 NEW CLAY PIPES BROWN AGED GERMANY BISHOP+KNIGHT GUEST TEST PIPE AWESOME+AAA
$14.99
Handmade Rare Terracotta Smoking clay Pipe for cigar cigarettes Collectable
Handmade Rare Terracotta Smoking clay Pipe for cigar cigarettes Collectable
$11.99
USCIVIL WAR ERA 1860s DECORATED EAGLES CLAW CLAY PIPE BOWLRUSTIC RELIC
USCIVIL WAR ERA 1860s DECORATED EAGLES CLAW CLAY PIPE BOWLRUSTIC RELIC
$18.00
USCIVIL WAR ERA 1860s COMPLETE CLAY PIPE BOWLRUSTIC RELICNICE SMALL BOWL
USCIVIL WAR ERA 1860s COMPLETE CLAY PIPE BOWLRUSTIC RELICNICE SMALL BOWL
$15.00
Clay pipe bowl with Victoria and Albert embossed pattern
Clay pipe bowl with Victoria and Albert embossed pattern
$3.73
Vintage Irish Shalley Brown Painted Clay Long Smoking Pipe Used
Vintage Irish Shalley Brown Painted Clay Long Smoking Pipe Used
$40.00
RARE GC SMOOTH BENT KP PETERSONS 314 SIZE CLAY PIPE RIPE FOR RESTORATION
RARE GC SMOOTH BENT KP PETERSONS 314 SIZE CLAY PIPE RIPE FOR RESTORATION
$18.72
Vintage White Clay Smoking Pipe Short Derry Germany Used
Vintage White Clay Smoking Pipe Short Derry Germany Used
$15.00
Clay Tobacco Pipe Smooth Unsmoked 9
Clay Tobacco Pipe Smooth Unsmoked 9
$25.99

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.