Under the Influence: Alice Johnson Boher & Sebastian Boher
We're starting 2020 with a fun duo based out of Los Angeles, Alice and Sebastian! We cannot get enough of their "trippy", futuristic, and colorful take on smoking devices. The two were a blast to get to know better and we're thrilled to now to be sharing them with you!
(Fun fact: Sunrise and Alice go WAY back! Alice was even a bride's maid when Sunrise tied the knot!)
"We are Alice Johnson Boher and Sebastian Boher, and our company MIWAK JUNIOR creates unexpected functional art to connect users with community and nature. Our fine art approach to Cannabis design begat minimalist pipes which transcend commentary on stigma to honor the plant’s ritualistic roots.
The MIWAK JUNIOR aesthetic is inspired by Pre-Columbian cultures, Space Age wonder, and the clean minimalism of Japanese design.
Sebastian Boher is a multi-disciplinary fine artist from Chile, and Alice Johnson Boher is a writer – performer from the American south."
1. What is your favorite part of the creative process?
Sebastian: Definitely going into the ceramic studio to see how the pieces came out of the glaze firing. We do a lot of clay body color tests and testing different glazes, underglazes and oxides. Since we fire in a gas kiln in reduction (oxygen reduction process) every time the results are a bit different and you always get surprises- good and bad.
Alice: The end result...When a group of people are coming together to connect, when everybody’s all laughing together in the same room. Whether it’s an audience at the completed play or a circle of friends passing around our pipe.
2. What is your favorite creation that you have brought to existence?
Sebastian: I like the Nave pipe the most, both in its beauty and functionality. Especially with an air plant in the bowl.
Alice: A one woman show I did a while ago about friendship called Bitch Trouble.
3. What aesthetic are you most drawn to?
Sebastian: I love pre-Columbian art, especially the work of the Mayans, Japanese zen designs, and the late 60’s and 70’s space age designs, like Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. I also love Dieter Rams’ designs for brAun.
Alice: Our day-to-day feels kinda like a contemporary, weed-adjacent I Love Lucy.
4. What is your favorite room in the home?
Sebastian: The room where I have my synthesizers, where I lose myself into unknown sonic landscapes.
Alice: My lady office in the back. Ladies meet there, ladies business there. Ladies smoke there.
5. What is your favorite design from Sunny’s Pop?
Sebastian: Drooling for the Tool Roll.
Alice: I would say my favorite offering from Sunny’s Pop is the selection of art and photography books. Sunny’s curiosity ranges widely to unpredictable subjects; they're collectively a peek into her current world of awe.
(call or email for details on how to get your hands on some of their creations at Sunny's Pop)