Ranch Reflections are articles written by LRHS students and staff who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for Mustangs to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features a Mustang’s surprising experience in an art class.

The author’s work is one piece in the LRHS kiln

Bella Moscone – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH) – I never thought I would enjoy a pottery class until I took it at LRHS.

In pottery class, I get to learn about clay and all the different coils. This is one of the first steps for beginners like me.

LRHS pottery teacher Laura Victore makes sure Mustangs understand the different processes in pottery, such as glazing.

The first project we did this year was pinch pots. I remember making pinch pots way back in Elementary school, but I completely underestimated the process.

Glazing includes so many steps: shaping, smoothing and glazing of the pots.

One of the most challenging projects this year was the coil pots. Rolling each coil into a smooth rope requires a lot of patience.

Our teacher helps each student perfect this process. She goes around each table encouragingly, yet challenges Mustangs to push themselves creatively.

Victore helps me and my peers thrive to make the best creation possible in this field of art.  

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The best part of taking this class is taking your projects home.

Every step, no matter how elaborate, is worth it.

The outcome is always perfect. Not only are they crafts that will be with me forever, but I get to make something treasurable while having fun with my friends.