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Stonedware Makes Geometric Clay Pipes You Won’t Feel Embarrassed to Break Out at Fancy Dinner Parties

Ariel Zimman

Stonedware

Age: 33

What does she make? Tasteful, geometric pipes you won’t feel embarrassed to break out at a fancy dinner party.

Ariel Zimman’s cannabis journey began in college.

“They basically give you a bag of weed with your textbooks in art school,” she jokes.

In those years, Zimman would hide her glass pipe at home—not for fear of discovery, but because of how ugly she thought it was. Zimman realized that only glass pipes are dependent on the traditional spoon style. By using different materials, she could make something she could smoke from proudly.

Zimman’s Stonedware pieces slip cast geometric pipes with watery, porcelainlike clay from Tacoma, Wash. While spoon pipes can give smokers a harsher smoking experience, Stonedware’s pieces are like bubbler pipes without water. The angular shapes aren’t just for aesthetic purposes but comfort.

“I wanted them to be objects that fit really well in your hand and were also highly functional,” she says.

Zimman’s first claim to fame, however, was her line of smaller, more traditional handmade pipes promoting Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential bid, with almost-official ceramic decals. Zimman sold enough pipes to hit the individual donor cap on campaign contributions—and this campaign season, she’s bringing it back, along with a pipe dedicated to Elizabeth Warren. Proceeds will benefit NORML, a cannabis legislation advocacy group, Zimman says.

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How To : Make a non-toxic clay pipe for smoking marijuana

We are taught how to make a non-toxic pipe using baking clay and an eyelet and socket. First you form a bowl out of the clay with your hands. When thats done you poke a hole on the top to form the bowl, then a hole on the side towards the bottom to create the shaft for the pipe. Freeze it. While that’s being froze the shaft of the pipe can be made. Rolling the clay the longer piece is formed. The inside is hallowed out. Blow through it to make sure its usable. Attach the long piece to the bowl. Smooth it out for a smooth finish and to make air tight. Freeze and check every ten minutes to make sure its still air tight. Bake in oven. After its done backing rinse. Put the eyelet or socket in the (optional). And there you have a personalized clay pipe.

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We are taught how to make a non-toxic pipe using baking clay and an eyelet and socket. First you form a bowl out of the clay with your hands. When thats done you poke a hole on the top to form the bowl, then a hole on the side towards the bottom to create the shaft for the pipe. Freeze it. While that's being froze the shaft of the pipe can be made. Rolling the clay the longer piece is formed. The inside is hallowed out. Blow through it to make sure its usable. Attach the long piece to the bow…