The entire pipe is made of glass, but it's durable, which keeps it from breaking as easily. It's also made in America. Since the pipe is made completely of colored glass, it has a beautiful appearance that appears to change colors at times with various shades of red. This is a vapor or water pipe. All you have to do is put the product that you want to smoke in the small bowl at the end of the pipe, warm the bottom of the pipe and inhale through the stem. The hole at the end is small with a vent hole on one side, allowing you to control the amount of smoke that you inhale.