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Glassblowing studio with a twist – making bespoke artisanal glass for those who need our unique vision. Lighting, funky fencing, beads & dalle de verre amongst our skills – recycle, reuse, renew, relove, reduce, reclaim & respect responsibly.

Visit the gallery and studios and see glassblowing and more all happening amongst the wildlife on the Kitengela plains. Only 45 minutes from the Nairobi city centre, you should not miss this unique and bizarre experience.
Kitengela Hot Glass help their locale as much as possible – over fifty people have been trained in various disciplines, scholarships awarded, school fees loaned, desks and chairs supplied, roads repaired, security improved, thousands of trees planted and raw materials, fuel and packaging are all recycled. Decent living wages are provided and staff are given transportation to and from work.
It can take up to four years to learn how to blow glass proficiently. Using recycled glass, the blowers ply their difficult craft under a sixty-foot brick dome with over a thousand glass stars inset according to the constellations.
Four hundred kilos of window glass are melted to 1100º centigrade and blown by expert Kenyans into hundreds of different objects designed by Anselm Croze. The gas-powered glory hole reheats a piece whilst it is blown and when finished; the object is placed in a cooling oven for the night for annealing, the process of gradually reducing temperatures to avoid stresses building up in the glass. Objects come out of the annealer the next day, are packed in recycled newspaper and boxes and sent to various shops and customers all over the world. Kitengela Hot Glass also make many architectural elements and blocks for Dalle de Verre, which they transform into translucent outdoor furniture and walls and screens of light. Generators operate all machinery and a borehole supplies water.
All their objects are recycled & handmade by Kenyans. They burn used engine oil to melt their glass, & pack it in recycled materials.

3 Reviews for Kitengela Hot Glass by Anselm


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Art and architecture in the bush

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5/ 5

Once in a while get out of Nairobi and see how beautiful and peaceful Kenya is. Kitengela Hot Glass is located in a planetarium dome off the beaten track on the edge of the Nairobi National Park near Ongata Rongai. This desolate area has far-reaching views over the city but the feeling of being at the end of the world. My in-laws, my family, and I decided to take a trip one Friday morning. As always we were not disappointed. As you drive the dirt track to the kiln one long stretch of wall is crowded with life size clay people. One with his head buried in the ground, legs akimbo, others snarling, smiling and sitting. Jewel coloured glass, beads, tiles and metal in all shapes and sizes adorns any and everything in sight. Mosaics litter the floor. Trees are bedecked with glass flowers, raindrops, butterflies and hearts. Strange sculpted animals tower 3 times human height as if guarding the surrounds from the neighbouring lions. The Kitengela buildings are more akin to fantasy than anything I have seen in this world. The main building, a giant brick dome is in fact a mammoth kiln. The bead workshop features antennae, another building is crowned with eagle’s heads. Crammed into every nook and cranny of these buildings both inside and out is art. The art takes the form of the glass that is blown in the hot glass studio. Metal is worked into windows, doors, tables, and bespoke designs. Beads that are produced at 1000 a day, no two ever the same. And the walls. All the walls are alive with color: glass and bone and wood and metal. It is a fantastical and wonderful escape from Nairobi. After several stops and endless clicks, we were finally at our destination. We were received by Sanna, who was kind enough to show us around. We were happy to see the glass-blowing process and learn the procedure. Basically, The glass is then left to melt overnight as it is a requirement for it to be extremely hot before it can be blown. Once it has been blown, it is then molded into different designs and shapes as per requests or orders and decorated. Soon after they are transferred to the store, where they are temporarily stored until they are purchased or distributed to various shopping outlets within Nairobi. Most people come here to buy world-renowned glass at local prices, but you could easily spend half a day here just visiting. In true African style, you are invited to walk right into workshops. After going around, we decided to look for a beautiful spot where we could breathe the fresh air that was all around Kitengela Hot Glass and have our packed lunch, though there is a cafe on site where you can take your coffee and sit under the trees jangling with glass ornaments. All in all, it was a very informative and fun trip.

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the hanging bridge was really fun. i will be coming back

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5/ 5

I visited this place with my friends one year ago, and the whole experience was terrific. Kitengela hot glass is known for recycling broken glass and making them into beautiful new glasses, bottles, flower vases, unique bowls, e.t.c. We had to ride on the camel when we arrived there, going all around the premises. It was a bit scarily, but I liked it. After a few, we were taken to where they made the glasses; it was so colorful and with impressive designs. Later that day, we were told to go to the other side of the river, and we had to cross a terrifying bridge which is constantly shaking, but it was fun. We got a chance to see some of the wild animals {zebra, rhino, monkey, Hyena, Giraffe, Leopards, Ostriches,}. It’s a fun place for students who want to learn more about glassmaking.

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Ken Chege

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A fulfilling experience.

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4/ 5

Have you ever had an experience that you never thought you needed but blew your mind? That was my experience at Kitengela Hot Glass by Anselm. I had heard about it but I didn’t pay much mind to it until recently when a friend suggested we visit. It’s a 50-minute drive from Nairobi CBD. You can take a cab that’ll cost you kes 700 or you can use cheaper public transport. The place is mind-blowing, to be honest. The architecture is one of a kind plus it’s on top of a hill giving the best view of Kitengela. There are also glass decorations all over the place. The hanging bridge with decorations is scary and amazing at the same time. Some mind-blowing pieces if I’m being honest. Seeing the artisans at work is also amazing. I think I’ll revisit to experience again. 10/10 would recommend.

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