Kitengela Hot Glass’s bespoke collections for top restaurants and hotels have included the Fairmont Group (Norfolk Hotel, Fairmont Mara & Mt Kenya), Richard Bransons camp in the Mara, Tamarind & Carnivore Restaurants and Sankara Hotel, as well as many others in Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda. From beer steins to mural work; from serving bowls to candle shields; from chopstick holders to condiment trays, these custom designs create solutions that synchronize with the ambience and experience of a particular place.

“Usually, the clients come to us with an object they haven’t been able to find, or for something that has a high impact like handmade juice or wine glasses instead of sterile machine-made ones,” explains Anselm.

One of Kitengela Hot Glass’s most compelling commissions was a mural for the Cultural Heritage Art Galley in Arusha, Tanzania. The team created a 900 kg abstract representation of a Maasai necklace. Because of its size, the glass had to be separated into 13 different panels like a huge puzzle. Using uncut murrine (coloured square one-inch canes of glass) to give the effect of a piece of jewelry, the striking mural also involves tinga-tinga (a traditional Tanzanian painting style) influences, Dalle de Verre sections of glass with flattened paperweights that light up inside, and strands of coloured discs (giant jewellery) spaced between large blown beads which frame the design.

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