Kitengela Glass & Croze’s Hot Glass blowing factories are located some 10km in Kitengela plains southwest of Nairobi city and across the Nairobi national park.
Take a Kitengela glass & Croze’s hot glass studio tour is a fun thing to go and see how glass recycling can be turned into beautiful, kitchenware or decorative items for homes and hotels.
The Kitengela glass & Anselm hot glass factory tours start from Nairobi in the morning or afternoon. Mornings are better as you can see the glass being modelled as the furnaces are mostly tuned on during morning hours.
The Kitengela hot glass & melt glass factory specializes in making recycled glass mosaic, uniquely designed and colourful bejewelled chandelier, murals, mosaic window panes, glass furniture, and many other decorative and uniquely shaped glass animals.
The Kitengela glass & Anselm’s glass studio has made some of the known large glass masterpieces like the 12m high mosaic wall at Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi and the 4mx5m high glass wall at the Nairobi national museum.
They have a large red-brick dome built by Anselm Croze which houses several furnaces used to melt recycled glass used in blowing and making uniquely designed chandeliers, decorated mirror frames, glass lampshades, glass wind chimes, exquisite beadworks, kitchen glassware, Dalle de Verre furniture, panels and sculptures among other things.
Kitengela glass tour also features a lodge tour to Masai lodge through a swaying suspension bridge over a deep gorge into Silole sanctuary. For the heart-stopping experience of crossing the bridge, you are rewarded with a cool refreshment, meals, and drinks at the Maasai lodge on the other side of the ravine.
Kitengela Glass Information
Kitengela Glass, a long-time neighbour to Nairobi National Park, is a hidden gem. Before entering the main gate, be prepared for the myriad of sculptures, glass art, and a variety of animals along the rough and wildly entertaining road to “Nani’s” Kitengela Glass.
Upon arrival, feel the magic of Kitengela by following the secret mosaic pathways leading to niches of busy artisans transforming recycled glass, scrap metal, and an assortment of other materials into beautiful artwork, jewellery, and home décor. Undoubtedly, a treasure trove for all to behold!
Kitengela Glass, founded in 1981, by Nani Croze provides a lively training centre for over fifty artisans receiving on-going training and/or employment in various artistic disciplines. In addition to helping individuals make a living through their artistic abilities, Nani is committed to maintaining the natural landscape by planting trees, promoting renewable energy sources, and limiting waste.
Additionally, Nani and her husband Eric are strong supporters of access to education for all individuals. This involves funding and promoting grant programs for children’s school fees, as well as providing space and guidance for adults in need of literacy training.
At Kitengela Glass Art you will also find recreation activities to brighten up your weekend and offer a quiet time from the hustle and bustle of city life. Activities include horse riding classes, swimming, glass mosaic classes, and felting.
Kitengela glass has developed over the last 34 years. It started with stained glass which Nani, who used to be a muralist, learned at Goddard and Gibbs Glass Studios, London, 1979. After some years she developed this Craft here in Kenya. Then discovering that importing coloured glass is very costly, she thought of making the recycled glass here – lots of broken window glass and even more unused bottles are used to make new glass. With help of Finnish Glass Artist Mikko Merikallio, she and son Anselm started the first furnace and trained the first Kenyan glass blowers.
Now anything from vessels to coloured glass and glass blocks (Dalle de Verre, faceted glass) is made by the Kitengela Glass Studios.
Many Kenyans have learned and worked here making anything from Church windows to Hotels, Government Ministries, Embassies, private Houses.