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HEAVEN & EARTH SOBA CHOCO


The Heaven & Earth series of soba choco comprises the four textures of earth, rock, stratum, and cloud.
We’ve applied each pattern using a transfer printing technique that complements the material and glaze of each individual cup. Their organic beauty stems from a high quality of craftsmanship that is impossible through conventional transfer printing techniques alone. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the unique look of this hybrid pottery as tableware, a small container, or just for interior decoration. Each piece can turn an ordinary room into a swirling universe of style.

EARTH
This pattern is inspired by images of the Earth as seen from space. Shapes include those reminiscent of our seas, forests, sands, and clouds are printed on cobalt-blue glazes.

CLOUD
Inspired by the clouds in Earth’s troposphere, this pattern features a beautiful harmony of shape-shifting clouds against a rough, metallic glaze.

ROCK
This pop pattern was inspired by cross-sectional views of crystalline igneous rock. Made using an expressive mixture of clay and iron powder. Enjoy the intricate details of the surface where glossy print and rough finish intermingle.

STRATUM
Inspired by the Earth’s strata, this striped pattern swells with a mix of colors printed on a unique red-clay, textured glaze. STRATUM uses prints to reproduce the unpredictable patterns of crackle kanyu glaze for you to enjoy.

Hibi crackle patterns may vary.


Color

EARTH

CLOUD

ROCK

STRATUM

Price¥ 2,300
Size

φ8×H6.1cm/170cc

Material

Porcelain

Maker

Taichigama

Jyuzan Ceramic Company

Koushungama

Kobo Do

Kajiwara Transcription

Area



Additional Information

・Size and capacity may vary slightly by product and color.
・Do not put in the dishwasher. Dishwasher detergents and water pressure may cause discoloration or paint to peel off.
・Do not use scrubbing brushes or abrasives. This may cause the transfer printing to peel off. Please wash gently using a soft sponge.
・Actual products may differ from colors and textures seen in photos.
・Changes in production may result in changes to design and other specifications.
・Abrupt temperature changes may cause the item to crack. Please make sure the item is at room temperature when heating in the microwave. Do not soak in cold water.
・Partial changes in temperature can cause the item to crack. Be careful not to expose only one part of the item to heat.

EARTH
Material: Porcelain
Technique: Overglaze / Transfer Printing (other than gold, silver, platinum), Warashiro Glaze

CLOUD
Material: Pottery
Technique: Overglaze / Transfer Printing (other than gold, silver, platinum), Metal & Mineral-Rich Glaze, Yohenyu Glaze

ROCK
Due to the characteristics of the cup material, small gaps and holes may appear in the transfer print, but this is not a defect. This product meets all Maruhiro inspection standards.
Material: Porcelain
Technique: Overglaze / Transfer Printing (other than gold, silver, platinum), No Glaze

STRATUM
Hibi crackle patterns may vary.
Material: Porcelain
Technique: Overglaze / Transfer Printing (other than gold, silver, platinum), Yohenyu Glaze


The soba choco, whose trapezoidal shape has gone unchanged in the 400 years since its invention, traces its origins to Hizen (present-day Saga and Nagasaki Prefectures), which is home to the port of Imari, from which Imari porcelain spread throughout Japan.
Contrary to its name, the soba choco was never intended for soba. It was originally used as a small bowl to hold side dishes such as sashimi, salads, and shiokara preserve at celebrations and kaiseki meals. It wasn’t until the Edo period that soba become popular among the general public. People would often use their soba choco to indulge in a quick aperitif called sobamae before filling it with dipping sauce for soba, a tradition that soon caught on across Japan. Huge numbers of designs were created, reflecting the trends and culture of the eras in which they were made.
Baba Shoten fires its ceramics in the town of Hasami, Nagasaki, a cradle of porcelain manufacturing in Japan. We deliver a wide variety of soba choco that utilize a rich history of techniques unique to the Hasami area. Culture and craftsmanship in every cup.