Nic Bladen Botanicals

Living and working in the Cape Floral Kingdom, Nic Bladen has become known for the extraordinary technique he has pioneered, casting plants in bronze and silver

Nic Bladen's method of "lost wax casting" involves creating moulds from actual organic material, which he transforms into once-off pieces of jewellery and sculpture that are unmatched in delicacy and detail. While Bladen's castings of entire plants have been exhibited in galleries in South Africa and New York to great acclaim, his botanical jewellery has become a thriving enterprise on its own, with a dedicated following. The business remains artist-run and led, with a small work team, ensuring that each jewellery piece carries Bladen's signature attention to detail and artistic integrity. Bladen's new direction includes creating bespoke chandeliers that use elements of his cast botanicals fused with cutting-edge design.