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.

2 Clay Tobacco Smoking Pipe Bowls Star Heart EW Antique
2 Clay Tobacco Smoking Pipe Bowls Star Heart EW Antique
$1.27
Authentic Antique Medieval CLAY TOBACCO PIPE WITH METAL CAP 17 18 centuries
Authentic Antique Medieval CLAY TOBACCO PIPE WITH METAL CAP 17 18 centuries
$13.00
Authentic Antique Medieval CLAY TOBACCO PIPE 17 18 centuries
Authentic Antique Medieval CLAY TOBACCO PIPE 17 18 centuries
$11.00
CLAY PIPE by JOHN POLLOCK  Co Lord Kitchener
CLAY PIPE by JOHN POLLOCK Co Lord Kitchener
$19.29
Antique Clay pipe piecesDug pieces Bowl and stems pieces
Antique Clay pipe piecesDug pieces Bowl and stems pieces
$7.00
C3 Authentic Native American Indian Clay Pipe Tavern Fur Trade Civil War
C3 Authentic Native American Indian Clay Pipe Tavern Fur Trade Civil War
$14.95
TRADE PIPE POINT PLEASANT VINTAGE CLAY PIPE FOUND ALONG OHIO RIVER COLLECTIBLE
TRADE PIPE POINT PLEASANT VINTAGE CLAY PIPE FOUND ALONG OHIO RIVER COLLECTIBLE
$11.04
Dutch Clay Tobacco Pipe Bowls Kleipijp 17th 19th century
Dutch Clay Tobacco Pipe Bowls Kleipijp 17th 19th century
$17.94
Wood Pine Wall Hanging Colonial Clay Tavern Pipe Rack Holder NEW holds 2 pipes
Wood Pine Wall Hanging Colonial Clay Tavern Pipe Rack Holder NEW holds 2 pipes
$65.00
Antique Clay Tobacco Of A Mans Solider Royalty Face Pipe Handmade England 1C
Antique Clay Tobacco Of A Mans Solider Royalty Face Pipe Handmade England 1C
$25.99
Antique Clay Tobacco Of A Mans Royalty Face Pipe Handmade England 1C
Antique Clay Tobacco Of A Mans Royalty Face Pipe Handmade England 1C
$25.99
VINTAGE CLAY PIPE DECORATED WITH ROSES WITH CASE ANTIQUE
VINTAGE CLAY PIPE DECORATED WITH ROSES WITH CASE ANTIQUE
$10.27
Antique Clay Tobacco Of A Working Railroad Mans Face Pipe Handmade England 1C
Antique Clay Tobacco Of A Working Railroad Mans Face Pipe Handmade England 1C
$25.99
6 Vintage Clay Pipes
6 Vintage Clay Pipes
$58.00
Vintage 791 RUBENS 3D Pipe Tobacco Pouch Red Clay Pipe Holder
Vintage 791 RUBENS 3D Pipe Tobacco Pouch Red Clay Pipe Holder
$8.00

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.