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0 0 urines By SANDY McGUFFEY A collection of porcelain figurines by Martha Dee Tidmore Thompson of Star Harbor is on display at the Malakoff Public Library, Located in the display case donated to the library by the Friends of the Library, figurines can be viewed for several weeks. Mrs. Thompson has been making porcelain figurines since 1949. She took a cerannc course at Paris Junior College and a stoneware course at Cook County Junior College. Porcelain is considered to be the finer side of ceramics. When decorating porcelain dolls the artist-may use cotton lace. cotton fabrics, such as old curtains and sheets, and cotton net because cotton will ab- sord water. She uses cotton thread to make hair. Mrs, Thompson buys most of bei" molds from California. The molds come in different sections and must be assembled piece by piece. While the mold is still wet hair styles can' be made. Figurines are placed m the per- manent position before going into the fire. The artist must be extrentely frugal with the use of water, because the porcelain will melt. Porcelain in a bisque will hold water, Mrs. Thompson explained, whereas common (,,lay will not. The general outline of making por- celain has eight steps: pour liquid par. celain into the mold until it is about 1/8 of an inch thick: clean mold seams; decorate or lace drape dolls; then fire. Figurines must be allowed to cool.as long as it took to fire the porcelain, The time ranges according to which fire they were put into. or the size of the kiln. Three different fires can be chosen: glaze, bisque, and china. If porcelain is removed before it is ready it will crack. The porcelain is glazed with a 30 pound spray pressure gun, fired again, and painted. The final step is painting. Mrs. Thompson uses cones in the kiln the get the correct temperature. There is no guarantee that the porcelain will not crack because the slightest air bub- ble can cause it, or ruin the porcelain. Making porcelain is a project that takes many hours and sometimes weeks before they are ready to show, according to Mrs. Thompson Mrs Thompson said that there are two types of glaze: matt and gloss. She began by using a glaze on doll's faces, legs, arms, and hands, but doesn't anymore because the dolls have a more human look without it. The public is invited to drop by the Malakoff Public Library to view the porcelain display. The library is open from 12 noon until 5 p.m. each weekday Area schools pla Public School Week. designated as March 3-7, will be celebrated at three area schools next week, according to Barney Wright, chairman of the Masonic committee to encourage at- tendance. Proclamations on Public School Week have been issued by Governor Bill Clements, by the Texas State Teachers Association, and by Mayor MARTHA THOMPSON has displayed at the Malakoff Public Library a group of her porcelain figurines. located in the display case donated by Friends of the Library and will remain for several weeks. The Library noon to 5 p.m. each weekday. (Staff Photo by Sandy McGuffey) PHONE come as customers begin to use the eqmpment. A task force will continue to he assigned to check performance. The equipment itself has self-diagnostic capabilities, and will report abner- realties as it routines and tests itself. It is expected that most difficulties will be located and corrected before they ad- versely affect serwce to customers, King said. However, during the early period following cutover, Gulf States will be manning a trouble number through which any customer may be assured of prompt attention to any service problem which may deyelop. This ns open house School Week completed by their children. Superintendent Bob Elsom said that visitors are always encouraged to visit Trinidad School, but especially so during Public School Week. In Cross Roads open house will be held Tuesday, March 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All parents and friends are urged to visit the school and support the work of students. Howard Julian in Malakoff. It will be fpK:::=::=~t~:~::~ , the 30th annual observance of Public H Special occasions are planned at '- Malakoff, Trinidad and Cross Roads Schools inobservaneeoftheweek. U I WHAT BIRD CAN An open house will be held at I O Malakoff Elementary and High Schools I OTRUNRAC/NG A from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March i' 6, The junior high school will not have open house thai night, but will be open to parents all day who wish to visit classes. School Superintendent Jack Murray A RACING MOTOR CYCLE Can Be Involved In A SERIOUS AC- CIDENT, So Before Your Luck Runs Out On You, BE SURE You Have The COMPLETE, ECONOMICAL COVERAGE OUR MOTOR CYCLE OWNERS POLICY Provides ! The bird is The Ostrich. HARRIS INSURANCE AGENCY S-1858 207 S. TERRY MALAKOFF by the case ~:~ ~:: :: ........ ~: V stressed that even though Malakoff Schools are always open to parents and visitors, the school administration is urging special attendance during Public School Week. In Trinidad parents and visitors are invited to visit the school Thursday evening from 7 until 8:30 p.m. They can visit with teachers and look over work ,Upholstery sofmess to Plan a half-and-half mix of upholstered and wood furniture, suggests Sue Young, a housing and home furnishings specialist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, The Texas A&M University System. Upholstery adds softness to the total scheme while wood pieces provide an architectural solidity, the specialist ex- plains, ....... Mala The display is Is open from 12 from page one number is 489-2222. The System 1210 offers a number of advantages in addition to the self- testing capability. It is energy efficient, an important consideration today, King explained. The completely solid state equipment has no moving parts and" requires less energy than existing equipment. Heating and cooling requirements also compare favorably, providing additional energy savings which will help forestall any future rate adjustment. System 1210 m compact. Like a pocket calculator in contrast to an ad- ding machine, the new equipment requires less floor space and permits costly building programs to be delayed or eliminated. This was true m Malakoff, King explained, adding that a significant building expansion would have been required to expahd existing equipment to meet the growing telecommunication needs of a thriving community. are to the ultimate advantage of customers-they permit telephone rates to remain reasonable. With the cutover Friday morning, improved transmission should be ap- parent to telephone users, particularly those more distant from the central of- fice. Also, a slightly different dial tone sound will be apparent. The significant investment in this project, an investment of almost $600,000, should stand as evidence of Gulf States-United's commitment to bring to its customers the most modern state-of-the art communications system possible. King said. "It is evidence of our commitment to keeping telephone rates at reasonable levels in the face of inflation and also demonstrate our faith in the continued growth and prosperity of a thriving and vibrant area," King said, adding, "We are pleased to announce the coming this week of System 1210." Open house for the new facility will be set later in the year. 54" Wide. 20" Deep, 21" High. on Safe, Sure Protection! Nothing ,protects like aromat ic cedar and now one low price gives you two ways to store, Both have a rubbed and buffed hot lacquer finish, lock for safety and provide completel~ dust proof storage. 38" wide, 22" deep, 66" high ...................... Lamps 3 only ......................................... complete ..... from 3 PC. Bel Suit Drew r with mirror, chmt, bed ..................... Sofa, swi l rocker, 3 tables, 2 lamps ................. NEW SHIPMENT OF DINETTES 5 Pc. Dinettes ................... from 119" 220 E. 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