When Lukas Riether began throwing pots his junior year at Caddo Magnet High School, he really had no idea the love that would blossom from pottery.

“The feeling that you’re creating something from nothing with your own hands,” he said. “It’s amazing. It’s not factory made. You make it. It’s unique; there’s nothing else like it.”

His current project? An 8”x16” baking dish for casseroles.

He said he hopes to continue ceramics even after high school. “This year my goal is to make enough pieces to enter into an art competition or sell,” he said. Currently, he has about 20 pieces he’s made but only a handful are ready for exhibition.

When he’s not behind the potter’s wheel you can find Lukas outdoors — either playing varsity lacrosse or mowing lawns with his friend for extra income.

The 17-year-old senior plans to attend to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, but also has his eyes on Louisiana Tech and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While pottery may be his main focus now, he’s planning to pursue engineering.

“Ever since I was a little kid my dad has always done projects around the house and included me in that. Right now, we’re remodeling our attic to make into a bonus room,” he said. “It’s the most work intensive project. It’s the feeling of making something with your own hands and looking at it saying, ‘I made that.’ It’s the same with art.”

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