It is fitting that Rural Modern Home features Pieter Stockman's lit vessels on Halloween...
Whether placed in pumpkin or porcelain, the light of one small flame is transformed from something meager into something larger - grander, even - than its original self.
It is interesting how covering a flame actually grows its light. Enclosed flames are unique in that they are more powerful because they are less concentrated - they are stronger because they are weaker, larger because they are smaller. Like echos are to sound, and shadows are to objects, glowing is to light - it both is, and is not, the thing itself.
Stockman's porcelain vessels are designed beautifully for enhanced light. They appear to be glass or paper, resin or ... or anything but clay. Each one indented as if made of jelly, and yet somehow frozen in imperfect perfection.
These lights are in proportion with the candles and flames they house. They do not dominate nor overpower their luminescent guests. On the contrary, they harmonize with each other, and in doing so, create a dichotomous illusion of matter (porcelain) and ether (glow) that draws us ever-closer.
Enchanting, lulling aura. Is there anything more succinct and stunning than a candle?