Godai represents the 5 principle elements as represented in ancient Japanese philosophy of the nature of things originating in the 5th century. These elements: fire, earth, water, wind and void, are expressed by timeless glaze options that form the core of this glazed porcelain tile series.
“The godai is the five elements; the gorintou is the three-dimensional representation of that concept. It can be best described as a stack of geometric forms, like a totem pole … A cube forms the base, with a sphere on top of that, then a pyramid, then a crescent, like a new moon lying on its side, and at the top, a form reminiscent of a lotus flower..”
Chi (earth): Represented by the square, chi is the fundamental element, the base upon which all else rests … dependable, sure, solid. It is a good base on which build the godai.
Sea Green is a gloss glaze characterized by undulating hues of green and blue/green evocative of a verdant field.
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Sui (water): Represented by a circle, or sphere, sui sits upon the solid base of chi, but look at the difference! Instead of stable and unmoving…Sui flows, representing the formless things of the world…
Midnight Blue is a dynamic, glossy glaze offering a range of intensities enhanced by the concave surfaces of this unique tile format.
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Ka (fire): A flame-like pyramid represents fire, sitting upon the sphere of sui, pointing upward, the motivating energy that lifts, that animates, and that ultimately destroys.
Plum Red is a glaze that connects to the vibrant fall colors of Japanese maple trees, a culturally celebrated and reflective time in Japan.
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Fu (wind): Atop the triangle/pyramid of ka sits the crescent-shaped fu, representing wind, emblematic of things that move, that have freedom, that fly through the air.
Pearl is a gloss glaze that imparts a light and airy feel to a space, creating impressions of blue sky on a cloudy day.
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Ku (void): The fifth element sits atop even fu’s crescent … ku represents not everything, but nothing: the void … and can be translated as sky, as heaven … Ku is the source of our creativity …
Metallic Bronze radiates a timeless quality, its matte glaze patina representative of the traditional metalworking craft.
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