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Pioneers of Kenyan glassblowing - following C-19 protocols. Demos resume 11th Jan. Pioneers of Kenyan glassblowing - following C-19 protocols. Demos resume 11th Jan.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Ole Chalet - A renovated four bedroom family cottage with giant verandah.

Soap House - A newly built two bedroom cottage with fantastic light


Walking distance from the studio, you could combine your stay with one of our signature experiences, or just immerse yourself in our workshops to discover the process of art glass as it happens. Sip cappuccino at a funky, chunky mosaic table in the Glasstronomique café. Surround yourself in a secret garden of sculpture, glass and living designs that enchant and inspire.

For the perfect weekend getaway, contact office@kitengela.com for rates and availability, or just click the links above.

BohemiAfrica

BohemiAfrica

Pieces made by the dream team of BoHa (BohemiAfrica) and powered by Czech thunder, with Ondrej Novotny, Emil Kovač, Marek Bartko, Christian Maas and Anselm Croze.

Making hard things look easy, and talking the language of glass in a week long workshop in October 2019.
Bottles

Bottles

Bowls

Bowls

Bustani

Bustani

chanyado by aleya

chanyado by aleya

a philosophy

Have you ever sat in the shade of a tree, toes wriggling in the grass, and watched glittering particles of dust dance in the rays of light that stream through the branches?

That is chanyado - respite from the sun.

It is this spirit of glittery dancing dust that is imbued in every piece Aleya Kassam creates. Her philosophy is delight.

Alongside creating jewellery, Aleya is a writer, storyteller and performer - each creation begins with a story and ends with a flair of drama. Her pieces have been referred to as performance jewellery; they shimmer and jingle, move and groove, and are designed to stand out. Hers is not jewellery you forget you are wearing, however, she does insist on comfort and tests each piece herself before it leaves her hands.

Featured in Vogue 2020 for a wedding piece, her jewellery has comprised of commissions and bespoke gifts. Nairobi Flora is Aleya Kassam's first public collection for sale.

nairobi flora

"From March 2020, mum and I walked around our neighbourhood a lot. A lot.
Every day we'd tie our shoelaces, tie cloth masks around our faces, place little plastic bottles of sanitiser in our pockets and we'd go off for a walk on the same path.

We'd talk. And some days we wouldn't talk.

Every day we'd notice the flora; the budding and blooming and drooping and withering and falling, the explosions of colour and intricacies of pattern, the shapes and shades, the unfurling and folding, the surprise flowering and carpets of petals, the disease and blossoming, the constant there-ness and so many ways of being.

Nairobi flora offered beauty at a time we needed it. It offered a moment of pause, of presence of gratitude, an invitation to come closer, inhale deeper, seek from a different angle, bend low, look high, close your eyes."

Feel. Imagine. Be.

This collection is a praise song for nairobi flora. 

It starts with flora; a fern arched over brick, violet irises fluttering open at sunrise, raindrops on saffron sepals, the fragrance of raat ki rani streaming into the night.

The sensory searches for form in a series of sketches - an idea begins to germinate.

Then the beades, shapes, colours, textures; like characters in a story, if you listen to them whisper, they reveal the journey they are on - the design emerges slowly (sometimes with difficulty) always beautifully.

For a moment, the piece rests.

The elements that are typically covered up in a piece of jewellery become part of the design, and the flaws transform into points of curiosity - the goal is not perfection but delight.

When the designer is delighted, that's when the piece of Nairobi Flora is ready, and sent off with a hand-written love note for the wearer.

Dalle De Verre

Dalle De Verre

Dalle de Verre panels

Dalle de Verre panels

Experiences

Experiences

Want to try what we do? Click on the pictures below to reserve one of our four options. 10 years old and above.

Blowing bubbles (on request) - 3 minutes standing up to blow a giant bubble – photo op. 500/-

Touching fire (one hour’s notice) - 15 minutes at a bench, shaping a paperweight. 2,500/-

Blown to life (one week’s notice) - 30 minutes, making a glass from start to finish. 5,000/- 
 

Catching light (one week’s notice) - 60 minutes, two objects, some colour. Can be shared with up to two other people. 10,000/-

Glass blowing (except for 'Blowing Bubbles') includes a working bench with an expert teacher, shared glory hole, annealing space & any molten glass used.

All objects (except for 'Blowing Bubbles') made can be taken after 3pm the next afternoon or we can deliver to our shops @ Junction or Village malls two days after that.

Colours, special techniques, molds & larger pieces requiring more assistants or unusually large amounts of glass are all extra.

Contact office@kitengela.com for more information or to book a slot.

It is tough, dirty work, but deeply real and satisfying.
Freshly Baked This Month

Freshly Baked This Month

Freshly Casted This Month

Freshly Casted This Month

Funky Fencing

Funky Fencing

Furniture

Furniture

Garden Jewellery

Garden Jewellery

The now iconic 'garden jewellery' adorns discerning houses and gardens around the globe - bursts of coloured glass catching sunlight and giving glassy joy to many people. Works a bit like Lego - mix and match whatever combinations you want - up to 7 metres long. 

Kitengela Hot Glass love the jua-kali (hot sun) ethos - and are used to keeping stuff outside, which has created an entire range of sculpture and adornment for exterior applications.

Contact office@kitengela.com for your custom needs or to see what's in stock at the studio.

Hot casted stuff

Hot casted stuff

There’s blowing, and there’s casting. 

We make things like salt and butter dishes by dripping molten glass into molds on our steel table (marver). Also toothpick holders. Or wasabi or soap dishes.

Hand pressed to get a dimple or recess, and voila - a chunky piece for everyday use.

Also great for paperweights, trophies, giveaway slabs. 

 

Jikoni

Jikoni

Jugs

Jugs

Malazi

Malazi

Mbao

Mbao

The result of an exciting new collaboration between Simply Inspired woodworkers and Kitengela Hot Glass. We’ve been looking for a partner in carpentry for a while, and this is a very promising beginning. 

Lovingly made from recycled Russian pine with hand made glass details from scrap windows..

All our products are individually hand made from recycled glass in small batches, and could differ slightly from the photo in colour.

Merch

Merch

Stuff to remind you of us.
Mezani

Mezani

Miscellanous

Miscellanous

Mouthblown Glass

Mouthblown Glass

Sanamu

Sanamu

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