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posted: Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Alberto Garza-Gomez with the ceramic Godzilla he can now finish up
All Fired Up!

Eighth-grader Alberto Garza-Gomez is excited that he’ll be able to finish his art project in the next few weeks. He did afterall start it in the seventh grade.

Alberto and dozens of other students had their ceramic projects put on hold in various stages of completion in June when the school’s kiln broke. In the first week of December, the new kiln finally arrived and art teachers Abbe Leff and Shawn Gosk have been trying to catch up on the firing. It beats bringing fragile clay pieces a few at a time to the kilns at Tinc Road and the high school during their lunch and prep periods, which the two teachers were doing virtually every day.

“Working with clay is everyone’s favorite art project and the kids last year were really disappointed that they couldn’t finish their pieces,” said Mrs. Gosk. “They’ve been asking about their work since the first day of school in September.”

Almost every class worked on a ceramic project late last spring. A number of delayed pieces belong to last year’s eighth-graders – who are now ninth-graders at the high school. Tracking down those students adds another level of complexity to the backlog of work.

Alberto built his piece, a huge and hefty ceramic Godzilla, in sections from the legs up. It will be finished with colored glazes and then fired one more time before he’ll take it home – nearly eight months from when he first started it.

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