Sacrum lumen. Sacred light

Sacrum lumen        


The spirit of which we seek to illuminate.


We're taken to the light of candles on many occasion; worship, celebrations, aesthetics, meditation, relaxation, healing and so on. But whatever the reason, candles have always (undeniably) invoked a sense of the spirit within.  


Sacred light (or sacrum lumen) is a series of inverted pyramidal type vessels meant to house a small cherished memento beneath either a transparent etched glass candle holder, or candle holder matching its base.


Personally I’m taken to the light of candles around Christmas, birthdays and so on when I’m gathering a sense for the presence of loved ones no longer around. To share in the celebrations with me. To invoke a gathering of spirit. 


Although I’ve many candle holders, I wanted to create one specifically for the purpose of housing a small cherished memento within it. To further that sense of connection much like the presence of a photograph by a lit candle. 


Sacrum lumen/3

Approximately/W14cm/D14cm/H11.5cm approximately. Cast in Portland cement slip and stone.

Approximately/W14cm/D14cm/H11.5cm . Cast in Portland cement slip and stone.


Approximately/W14/H11.5/D15cm/Cast in solid lead with engraved glass candle holder.



Sanctum Lux.

Sanctum Lux is a Special retake sparked by Dr Gavin Hopps.
Sanctum Lux.  Holy Light.  Available.

Whereas Sacrum Lumen refers to the light source. Sanctus Lux refers to the holy light itself.

Approximately/W14cm/D14cm/H11.5cm . Cast in Portland cement slip.


Additional informationSacrum Lumen/Sanctus Lux.

First modelled in oil based clay.  Personally, there’s something incredibly satisfying when you’re working with just your hands and the simplest of tools. An old butter knife. A steel ruler and gauge. 


A container for relics> Reliquary




National Library of Medicine. How the sacrum got its name.


The os sacrum (sacred bone) was so named by the Romans as a direct translation from the older Greek hieron osteon. Explanations of the attribute "sacred" or "holy" in the past have included misinterpretation of the Greek word hieron, use of the bone in sacrificial rites, the role of the bone in protecting the genitalia (themselves considered sacred), and the necessity for the intactness of this bone as a nidus for resurrection at the Day of Judgment. A more plausible explanation may be that the holiness of the sacral bone was an attribute borrowed from the ancient Egyptians, who considered this bone sacred to Osiris, the god of resurrection and of agriculture.




Tetrahedron also known as a triangular pyramid.




Albert, Isabella and their son Philip. 

Albert Morris. My father.  This Candle holder is made from the remnants of the gravestone I made for him. Within this holdar houses my back, top left tooth encapsulating my DNA,;  my mothers and my father's DNA . And there before us all. 

Cast of  the real tooth made as a personal pendant from Sheffield pewter. 


Pencil  sketch on paper of  Mary. Varnished. In private collections. 

Pencil on paper, varnished/ In private collection