Image: Ceramics with a difference
there are many shops in Dhaka City that sell household ceramics, not
many of them can claim to sell products that are handmade, exquisite
and unique. It is in this regard that Clay Image makes a difference,
as it sells some of the finest handmade ceramics that are available
in the market.
Image is the result of an initiative by Kamal Ahmed Maruf and Rehana
Akter Nayan, who are both students of Dhaka University's Institute of
Fine Arts. They have set up Clay Image with the goal of preventing the
extinction of handmade ceramics, and to illustrate how clay can be made
both to carry value (,) and at the same time be used for everyday domestic
work. In their own words, their main objective of this endeavour is:
"To bring to life the almost extinct traditional art of pottery
and present it with new shapes, dimensions and aesthetic appeal."
Recently, Clay Image
held its first exhibition at Zainul Gallery. Over there they exhibited
some of their best work. The items that were on display included: tea
sets, mugs, jugs, glasses, ice cream cups, vases, bowls, dinner sets
etc. All the work was carried out in a form known as "Stoneware".
The exhibition proved to be immensely popular, as people from all walks
of life visited Zainul Gallery and praised the two artistes for their
In case you missed
the exhibition, you need not be disheartened as Clay Image will be opening
a display centre on 15 September. There, you will be able to purchase
decoration pieces, tiles, terracotta products and tableware. Just to
give you an idea about their prices, a dinner set will cost you between
Tk 7000 Tk 8000. Kamal Ahmed Maruf admitted that their prices are a
bit expensive, but he mentioned that this is due to the fact that the
products are handmade. He also added that in terms of durability and
finishing, handmade products are just as good as industrial products,
if not better.
purchasing ready-made products from Clay Image, you can also place an
order to them for making a specific kind of item for you. For instance,
you can request them to make a dinner set. Since they have all kinds
of equipment at their factory including a kiln, they can deliver an
order in only 15-20 days. The advantage of this facility of theirs is
that if you visit their display centre and like everything about an
item, except that it has a matt finishing, you can place an order to
them to make exactly the same item with a gloss finishing. Also, if
you intend to present a friend or relative with say a dinner set, you
can ask them to make it according to a design of your choice. By doing
so, you will be able to ensure that nobody else presents exactly the
same gift to your friend or relative. Now that is definitely something
that you want, right?
So, there you have
it. Ceramics connoisseurs will definitely view Clay Image as a godsend.
If you are looking for ceramics that are handmade, exquisite, and unique,
then definitely do visit their display centre. We assure you that you
will be pleasantly surprised!
Plaza, Shop 22 (2nd floor), 3/1 Lalmatia, Block A, Dhaka
Sayeed Mahmud Nizam
Want a reading lamp to be placed on your table? Reading lamps are wide
available in the stores of Dhaka. Lamps of diverse colours and designs
are displayed on the shelves of stores of New Market, Elephant Road,
Metro Shopping Mall, Rifles Square and others. Most of these lamps come
from China, Thailand and Taiwan and look pleasing indeed. A reading
lamp, if placed on your desk, will change the very appearance of your
study room. Besides, it's also good for your eyes to use a desk lamp
while reading. The prices of these lamps will vary by size, quality
of making, design and country of origin. The lowest price would be around
tk.150 and might rise as high as tk.450.
If you have a desktop PC at home or in the office, then it's required
that you buy a good quality computer table to properly position your
monitor, CPU, keyboard and mouse. In the D.C.C market located at Gulshan
1, there are numerous shops selling high quality and attractive computer
tables. Some are quite large with adequate space to also let you place
your printer, scanner and compact disks. There are also nice-looking
study tables available at this market which you can purchase for your
kids. The price of these tables usually starts around tk.5,500, but
you can always bargain to push the price lower.
Although the days of putting a bucket and a mug in your bathroom are
kind of over, we still buy them for numerous other household purposes.
You can use a plastic mug to water your house plants, to carry water
from one part of the house to another, to pour water while you hand
wash your clothes etc. Plastic mugs are widely available at New Market.
You can even find them in your local bazaars and superstores. Available
within tk.25 to tk.30, these plastic mugs prove to be very useful from
time to time. Bangladeshi companies like Luna, Romance etc now manufacture
quality plastic mugs for their local customers. And lastly, change bathroom
mugs quite often as their colours and texture lose lustre if used for
If you are an office-goer then you probably prefer light jewellery to
complement your sari or salwar kameez. Heavy and funky ornaments are
not suitable for wearing at the office. A simple gold chain if paired
with a down-to-earth yet elegant pendant is often enough to highlight
your neck. Lavender in Gulshan and Dhanmondi, has a wide collection
of pendants waiting to adorn your neck. Beautified with stones of diverse
colours, the minimum price of these gold and silver lockets would be
tk.300. So, wear one to look smart and professional at your workplace.
Jute bags look especially voguish if paired with jeans-fotua. For young
girls out there, you too can carry one while you plan to hang around
with your buddies or even at your college. At Jatra, jute bags of various
sizes and designs are available to gratify your hip tastes. Check out
the off-white ones decorated with little sea shells. So buy one and
slip it around your shoulder to look trendy. Each of these bags will
cost you tk.200.
If you have recently visited Badruddoza market located opposite to Dhaka
College, then your eyes must have caught the glimpses of those short
trendy tops of varied shades, shapes and necklines. If you are planning
for a vacation in the near future, then visit this market as soon as
you can, because the shops run of out of stock quite fast. You will
undoubtedly look stunning if you match one of these cool tops with your
slacks or jeans. You can even wear these chic short tops with your skirts
too. Prices are really low and you can even get away with a top for
only tk.50. Since these tops are commonly made for customers residing
in foreign countries, they bear the stamp of high quality textile, stitches
and fabric colour.
in Dhaka city…
is one tough task. Traffic
here moves in a very unruly manner. What is known as traffic jam around
the world usually turns in to traffic chaos in Dhaka, which makes
commuting in and around the city very aggravating for the dwellers.
Drivers' courtesy is completely an unknown subject here. Lets find
out how some simple manners and rules can make it a lot easier for
Bangladeshi drivers never understand or appreciate the importance
of lane courtesy. Either they change lanes very frequently without
any caution, cutting off other drivers, or they block others from
changing lanes. If someone wants to pass, simply move over and let
them by. A little courtesy will not cost you anything. If you need
to change lanes, look at the mirrors first, check the adjacent lane,
signal the vehicle you wish to pass, then change position balancing
with the flow and speed limit of the traffic and without getting in
another driver's way.
anticipate the needs of
the fellow travellers, traffic would move a lot more safely. For instance,
if you open up space for the vehicles that are trying to merge into
a busy street, the traffic would move on smoothly, but if you block
the drivers from entering, then it will take longer for them to merge
in, which means more vehicles queued behind wishing to move ahead.
you are overtaking…
first look at the mirror for approaching vehicles. Check its speed
if there are any. If it is not a one-way street, look for vehicles
coming from the front. If there is enough space to move ahead, then
overtake, but before you do, honk first to let know the vehicle you
are overtaking. always overtake from the right side of the vehicle.
You can overtake from the left side only when the vehicle in front
gives a signal to turn right.
if you are driving in a narrow road, if there is a U-turn, when you
are close to the pavement, near a roundabout, when you are trying
to merge in to a busy road, at the intersection of major streets,
if there is a vehicle coming from the front, and if the speed limit
of the vehicle behind exit yours.
It is not very wise to park in the entryway of any building, near
roundabouts and U-turns, in a narrow street, on a bridge, and at the
intersection of roads. This unwise act, however, is a very common
practice in Bangladesh.
For a safe journey
Keep all the necessary
papers in the car. Before starting from home, check whether all the
tools are in the boot. Examine the tyre, its bolts, brake, and brake
oil. See whether there is enough lubricant. When you are starting,
check whether there are any lights turned on in the dashboard. If
there is any, turn off the engine and look for the cause. And finally,
do not drive if you are tired. Accidents are part of life but it can
be curtailed with these simple precautions.