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.

Vintage Aztec Red Clay Pipe
Vintage Aztec Red Clay Pipe
$8.41
Traditional Irish Claypipe Clay Pipe Presentation Giftbox Tobacciana Ireland
Traditional Irish Claypipe Clay Pipe Presentation Giftbox Tobacciana Ireland
$32.33
X4 Vintage Smoking Pipe Clay Pipe Rustic Pipe Les Baux Small Ebony Pipe Etc
X4 Vintage Smoking Pipe Clay Pipe Rustic Pipe Les Baux Small Ebony Pipe Etc
$16.17
FIGURAL WHOLE CLAY PIPE OF PRINCESS ALEXANDRIA
FIGURAL WHOLE CLAY PIPE OF PRINCESS ALEXANDRIA
$7.75
ANTIQUE LONG CLAY CHURCHWARDEN PIPE GAMBIER PARIS  WOOD TREEN ETUI c1850
ANTIQUE LONG CLAY CHURCHWARDEN PIPE GAMBIER PARIS WOOD TREEN ETUI c1850
$127.58
Vintage RAOB clay pipe unused numbered 187 very good condition
Vintage RAOB clay pipe unused numbered 187 very good condition
$58.22
Vintage Poet pipe clay pipe restoration project claw bowl
Vintage Poet pipe clay pipe restoration project claw bowl
$58.22
Vintage GOEDEWAAGENS PIJP GOUDA HOLLAND Clay Smoking Pipe Man w Axe
Vintage GOEDEWAAGENS PIJP GOUDA HOLLAND Clay Smoking Pipe Man w Axe
$49.00
X4 Smoking Pipe Clay Pipe with Bakelite Stem Rustic Pipe Pont En Royans Etc
X4 Smoking Pipe Clay Pipe with Bakelite Stem Rustic Pipe Pont En Royans Etc
$16.17
X4 Vintage Smoking Pipe Clay Pipe with Bakelite Stem Rustic Pipe Ropp Junior Etc
X4 Vintage Smoking Pipe Clay Pipe with Bakelite Stem Rustic Pipe Ropp Junior Etc
$16.17
ANTIQUE LONG CLAY CHURCHWARDEN PIPE GAMBIER PARIS  BLACK WOOD ETUI c1850
ANTIQUE LONG CLAY CHURCHWARDEN PIPE GAMBIER PARIS BLACK WOOD ETUI c1850
$256.46
ANTIQUE FIGURAL MAN WITH CLAY PIPE CAST BRASS PIPE TAMPER PIPA PFEIFE WAX SEAL
ANTIQUE FIGURAL MAN WITH CLAY PIPE CAST BRASS PIPE TAMPER PIPA PFEIFE WAX SEAL
$19.39
7 Clay Trade Pipes From Point Pleasant Ohio Dug By Parker Melvin + History
7 Clay Trade Pipes From Point Pleasant Ohio Dug By Parker Melvin + History
$12.99
8 Clay Trade Pipes From Point Pleasant Ohio Dug By Parker Melvin + History
8 Clay Trade Pipes From Point Pleasant Ohio Dug By Parker Melvin + History
$12.99
COMPLETE FIGURAL NEGRO HEAD CLAY PIPE
COMPLETE FIGURAL NEGRO HEAD CLAY PIPE
$6.46

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.