Dankotuwa's hands-on activity and factory visits
Continuing with Dankotuwa's strategy of innovation, the company has introduced a "Hands-on Activity" at its Colombo Showrooms for anyone who wishes to decorate his/her own porcelain item.
A Dankotuwa statement said a variety of printed decorations on decal paper is available for customers to try their hands affixing decals on to a porcelain mug, plate, napkin ring etc. Colour pigments are also available for those with an artistic bent who wish to use pigments with brushes.
The decorated item will thereafter be sent to the factory for the final decoration firing and will be sent back to the showrooms from where the customer could collect it after one week. A nominal charge will be levied to cover the cost of porcelain items and the materials used. This would be an ideal opportunity for those who wish to have their own hand-made items gifted to relatives and friends. Those who wish to give a personally made item to their "Valentine" could make use of this rare opportunity.
In the recent past, many requests for factory visits were turned down because of the re-organisation at the factory. However, now a specially-made programme has been designed for those who wish to visit the factory and gain an understanding of how porcelain is produced. "Our factory tour takes visitors through the main working factory and is therefore much more exciting than many other factory tours in other countries where visitors are taken through a model factory or only a limited portion of the factory," said Giyanie Fernando, Manager - Corporate Affairs.
The factory tour will include a briefing on the process, the tour itself with specially designed explanation stations, and ending up with an optional hands-on activity, similar to the one initiated at the Colombo Showrooms. A charge would be levied on each visitor, of which half would go into the "Employee Children Education Fund". Since only a limited number can be accommodated for a single tour, bookings have to be made in advance.