Repurposing factory-made glass is quite tricky because it’s not designed for hand work, it’s originally made for a machine. And then there’s the colouring factor. If you’re working with various sources of glasses, you need strong colouring agents which we achieve by adding different chemicals to our furnaces to produce unique results.
Melting tinted office window glass yields a chic grey; wine bottles give shades of olive to emerald; and plain scrap window glass results in a classic recycled aqua. Adding exclusive colouring powders from Germany to clear glass offers up reds, yellows, purples and pinks.
Anselm and his glassblowers like to make complicated objects, using tricks from the Italian masters to manifest organised colours and shapes like stripes, dots, rings (murrine) and lines into what they’re making. As pre-made glass stiffens so quickly, the team must work magnitudes faster with this medium. But Anselm believes that the results are worth it, giving each of Kitengela Hot Glass’s blown pieces an authentic artisanal feel.