Very often you may hear of a Japanese carver's work showing strong influence from Danish design cues. Fluid lines, sleek and supple shaping, deft paneling and graceful buoyancy are classic Danish calling cards. But it is very rare indeed to see the influence of Japanese pipe making in a Danish carver's work. The Japanese school takes a more muscular approach and often includes strong imagery from nature, imbuing a design with an intuitive asymmetry and a personality of quiet and simple being. I felt sure upon first handling this Volcano that it might be of Japanese origin and was surprised to find that it's maker was Peter Heding. At first.
Heding shows such poise in his presentation of the Volcano shape and I am often amazed at his seemingly perfect symmetry and control of the shape. But in this case there is a note of Smio Satou's work at play; the subtle wave at the back edge of the rim, the way the bowl seems to slouch forward as though gravity were causing it to shift. To the smoker's left, the concavity of the bowl is more shallow than that of the right, thus giving the bowl a lean to the right as well. But I am most impressed with the way that such a naturalistic design around the bowl is incorporated seamlessly into a firm and controlled, even and highly symmetrical rounded base. Even amidst the shifting and leaning above, the pipe is so well balanced that it sits right on the center point of the domed panel of uproarious birdseye that serves as its underside.
-- Jeremy Reeves