Inlaid porcelain sobachoko cup by Shinya Taniguchi

Soba choko is a porcelain small cup to hold soba dipping sauce and it is generally used when you eat Zaru soba, which is chilled soba noodles served normally on a zaru (a strainer).

Soba choko cup can also be used as a serving bowl and also for drinking sake etc, so many people collect them at home in Japan.

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These soba choko cups are created by Mr. Shinya Taniguchi from Kyoto. The designs derive from Japanese traditional motif. These are not painted, but inlaid with different color clay.

To create the inlaid porcelain cup,

  1. Shape a clay with a wheel to the cup shape
  2. Draw and cut the lines after dring the cup semi dry
  3. Cover the cup with white clay and dryi it again
  4. Carve the cups leaving the lines untouched
  5. Put different color clay to those carved areas
  6. After drying it again, cook it in a kiln at 950 degree C.
  7. Sign on the back of the cup
  8. Cook it again in a kiln at 1250 degree C after grazing it.

The process of making the inlaid porcelain cup is very time consuming, so the price tends to be higher than those of ordinary porcelain cups, but the color will not fade away unlike the ordinary porcelain cups, even when the cups are washed many times over many years.

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Now you know how they have been made and if you look closely, you can see the white lines and the carved areas are covered with different color clay.

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The sizes are around 8cm in diameter and 6.5cm in hight and the prices are all 5,500yen + tax. Considering how they are made, I believe they are not so expensive.

He also created Inlaid porcelain matcha tea bowl and inlaid large plates.

Should you have any queires or if you are interested in purchasing it, please feel free to contact us. We can also ship them overseas by EMS after confirming your payment by Paypal.

Alternatively if you happen to be in Tokyo, you can visit us in Aoyama

MA by So Shi Te

2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,

Tokyo Japan 107–0062


The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station exit 1b on Ginza line.




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