Merry Monday and a Happy new month people!! 🙂 Can you believe we are already, more or less, halfway through the year? Time indeed flies. Today also happens to be a special day for my country Kenya, as it is exactly 52 years since she gained full independence from British colonial rule. Happy Madaraka day to her and to all Kenyans out there.
On Friday, the previous week, my friend and fellow photographer, Lesan and I embarked on a journey to Kitengela Hot Glass. It is a 45 minutes to 1 hour drive, if there is no traffic, from Galleria Shopping Mall in Karen, using Magadi road in Ongata-Rongai. One can either choose to use the route to Rolf’s Place,where on arrival you will be required to park your car at the restaurant (after having sought permission of-course) and walk for a distance of 2 kilometres through an open piece of land to the place. The second option would be to use the road to African Nazarene University. From the school, you will proceed straight on until you arrive at a town called Olookirsen Township. At the town you will come across a number of boards and colorful boulders that give straight-forward directions up until Anselm, Kitengela Hot Glass. I would highly recommend that one goes with a 4×4 vehicle as the roads are quite rocky and are filled with deep potholes; which flood during the rainy season.
As you approach the glass factory, you will come across some interesting works of art by the sides of the road that get you pretty excited for what lies ahead. I was in awe throughout the entire walk there.
After several stops and endless clicks, we were finally at our destination. We were received by Sanna, who was kind enough to show us around despite them having already closed business as it was after 5 pm. The best time to visit the place is between 10 am and 3 pm, as you will get to see glass blowing taking place. Basically you will get to see how glass is transformed from its raw state to the end product state.
Since we were extremely late, we missed out on the glass blowing :(. However, we managed to see the scrap glass being melted.
The glass is then left to melt overnight as it is a requirement for it to be extremely hot before it can be blown. Once it has been blown, it is then moulded into the different designs and shapes as per requests or orders and decorated. Soon after they are transferred to the store, where they are temporarily stored until they are purchased or distributed to various shopping outlets within Nairobi.
All in all it was a very informative and fun trip.I will definitely be going back … After the rains are long gone of-course.
Until next time …AU REVOIR!