I hand throw a porcelain ceramic pipe on the wheel then I alter it by adding a bowl and some holes. I glazed this piece to look like a amanita muscaria. This pipe is 3 inches long. All my ceramic pipes you cant see through so you dont have to see the dirty mess once they are used!
Clay pipes were the standard for centuries. While not an ideal material, some experienced smokers tout the virtue of the clay pipe to this day, and a well-made clay pipe can be a thing of beauty. These pipes smoke hot.