Tabor Academy students Vyper LaTulippe ’19 (Onset, MA) and Eric Paliotta ’19 (Warwick, RI) were recently recognized on the national stage for their outstanding work in ceramics. Their work was included in the National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition held recently in Pittsburgh, PA as a part of the multi-day, annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). This year, there were nearly 1300 submissions from across the country, and juror Pete Pinnell selected less than 150 pieces for the exhibition.
“The National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition is the premier annual juried ceramic competition for Kindergarten through Grade 12 (K-12) students in the United States,” said Kevin Arnfield, Visual Arts Faculty. He explained the event is designed to showcase the best student ceramic work made in the country each year. The exhibition takes place in a different city each year in conjunction with the annual conference of the NCECA. The NCECA conference is the preeminent ceramic event in the U.S. annually, gathering professionals from universities, colleges, museums, art galleries, and the ceramic arts world to a host city to view exhibitions, demonstrations, talks, and other ceramic events. “For that week, the host city is the world capital of ceramics,” explained Arnfield.
In addition to their acceptance to this exhibition, both Tabor students were further commended by receiving artistic merit awards from the juror. Paliotta received the Regina Brown Teacher Development award, while LaTulippe received a cash prize from Bailey Pottery and a $20,000 scholarship for the study of ceramics at Alfred University.