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.