Sam Cui: Smooth Bent Pot

Product Number: 002-687-0025

From his 15-year career in Japanese cuisine to his hobbies as a photographer and woodworker, Chinese pipe maker Sam Cui has always been drawn to artistry and aesthetic beauty. Now, that creative nature and attention to detail serve him as a full-time artisan carver. With a portfolio marked by classic shapes and Freehand designs alike, Sam's shaping style narrows on flowing curves and a sense of line that favors the Danish pipe making tradition. His pieces, while often compact and sometimes downright petite, display a high degree of quality as Cui is able to shape rather tight-knit forms and bring out gorgeous grain patterns in doing so.

One such petite pipe is offered here, displaying a Danish-style bent Pot. Typically, within traditional English and French pipe making design, the Pot is an inherently hearty and muscular shape — marked by stout proportions that come across firm and stoic. In this rendition, however, Sam has fashioned the form utterly devoid of said hardness. Instead, the profile features a flowing curvature through the stem, shank, and heel, making for a dynamic, fluid aesthetic. The bowl itself, though still squat and broad as necessitated by the Pot shape, is plumply rounded as the flank more bulges from out of the heel and transition rather than rising rigid and vertical. The only hard line demarcates the inflated rim from the rest of the bowl, but even this ridge is lent an organic softness in its slight undulation, accenting with subtle asymmetry. All dressed in Sam's oft-seen, auburn contrast stain, the cross grain orientation is vividly captured, highlighting dense seas of birdseye at the flanks.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 4.09 in./103.89 mm.
  • Weight: 1.20 oz./34.02 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.35 in./34.29 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.08 in./27.43 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.70 in./17.78 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.54 in./39.12 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Pot
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: China
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