Miwak Junior first began as a rebellious act in a community college ceramics class, where making smoking implements was strictly verboten.
Chilean artist Sebastian Boher tried twice to sneak a pipe into the kiln; but on his third try, the pipe went undetected by the censors, proving that he'd created an objet of beauty with a discreet functionality.
When Sebastian's partner Alice Boher saw the results of his early experiments in pipe making, she saw the potential for a new breed of smokeware to enter the market. Thus, Miwak Junior was born, and has become one of the very first of the current tidal wave of design-forward smoking accessories.
While Alice runs the show behind the scenes, Sebastian is up to his elbows in clay. A fine artist and master printmaker, Boher holds an MFA from CALArts. His work, and thus, the Miwak Junior aesthetic, is inspired by Pre-Columbian cultures, Space Age wonder, and the clean minimalism of Japanese design.
After more than a decade of living and working in their light-filled Echo Park studio, Sebastian and Alice are taking Miwak Junior on the road. Fall 2021 will see the couple and their business relocated to the country's oldest city, located on the northeast coast of Florida. How will the Spanish colonial architecture, Atlantic beaches, and wildlife sanctuaries influence future collections? Only time will tell.