The idea for Hollow was hatched while sitting in the backyard on a warm fall evening, after a meal sourced at the local farmer’s market, thoughtfully paired with artisan wine. The final touch on the evening was passed around in rolling paper.
I had recently decided to revisit just such a finish, which I had moved away from after my college days in Boulder, Colorado. Back then it was a fun part of parties and climbing trips. The herb would be packed into a resin crusted glass pipe plucked from a pile of pizza boxes and beer cans on a cluttered coffee table in a room adorned with tie-dyed tapestries and Phish posters. My lifestyle had changed quite a bit since then. I’d moved from taking art classes and going to keg parties, to running a successful jewelry business and throwing dinner parties. Inside, I survey my surroundings. The space is clean and organized. The dishes are hand-thrown by an artist friend, the dining table is made of reclaimed barn wood, and the sofa is piled with pillows purchased on a trip to Morocco.
The pipes I was able to find online reflected college days rather than my current aesthetic. I imagined a clean, white, ceramic form: something inspired by Scandinavian furnishings and Japanese wabi-sabi pottery. Intentional. Handmade. A functional art object. The next day I bought some porcelain and sculpting tools, and set about bringing the vision to life… from there, Hollow grew.
Hollow pipes are 100% made in the USA.
- Each design starts as a hand formed design in clay at our studio in Austin, TX. We strive to make shapes that feel good to hold, combine clean lines and organic curves. The smooth surface texture is burnished with finger tips.
- The finished form, or model, is sent to our slip casting company in Waterford, Pennsylvania. There, the models are molded, and the finished pieces are slip cast by hand.
- The pipes are returned to our studio in Austin, TX where they are carefully checked for quality, and packaged in wooden boxes, made in Idaho.
How do I clean my Hollow?
Cleaning our pipes is easy.
The exterior wipes clean of resin with a wet rag, so you can keep it looking fresh, white, and display-able. Life tip: "don't forget to wipe."
For the interior, unlike a standard glass pipe with a narrow tube for the air to pass through, the entire interior of our pipes is hollow, so they are virtually impossible to clog (see photo below). If the hole in the base of the bowl becomes blocked, it can easily be opened up with a tooth pick.
After a lot of use, the inside can be cleaned with the same techniques used for glass pipes. Specifically, we recommend the following procedure:
- Combine one cup isopropyl alcohol and 1/2 cup salt in a plastic bag along with your pipe.
- Shake and tilt to make sure the mixture is inside the pipe.
- Soak overnight.
- Rinse very thoroughly with hot tap water, making sure water runs inside the pipe and let it dry completely before use.