3213 Blown To Life, 2009

The Bell Garden

Arnout Visser and the Glass Museum in Leerdam invited Studio Makkink & Bey for a glass workshop and to revive both the material and a glass workshop in Kitengala, Kenya. In the workshop 'Blow To Life' the Kenyan glass blowers and the invited designers teamed up to produce glass objects using old glass bottles. The brief was to develop an idea into a product and end up with a collection of glass made with the expertise and unique way of working of the Kenyan artisans. Studio Makkink & Bey took the invitation to heart and has come up with a project that showcases both ancient European gardening techniques and the Kenyan glass blowing practice of using old bottles.