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Student potters aspired for tallest and widest. Passers-by took their chances, publicly spilling their creative souls in paint.

Thus was the second annual Super Bowl pottery competition and splatter-paint demonstration at Columbus East High School. Under the pressure of even this informal competition, mostly the pots and bowls spun up and out, only to collapse under their own weight.

“I’d be disappointed if we didn’t have failures today,” said Jim Ponsford, who along with fellow art teacher Denise Kocur facilitated the effort.

The larger lesson of the day, and of learning in general, is in stepping out of the known, the safe, he said. “It’s a great opportunity to push themselves.”

Kocur supervised as three large canvases, on plastic, on the floor at East, were progressively covered, colored and texturized by a succession of passing students wielding paint-filled rollers, brushes, bottles, cups and cans.

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