The Neon Teapot Prize exhibition is a unique student exhibition organized by C.A.Traen of the Rancho Ceramics Studio at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Rancho Ceramics Studio is a comprehensive four-year industry and career focused fine arts ceramics program that uses Project Based Learning (PBL) to provide an immersive and rich experience for all students.Visit for more information on RCS.

The Neon Teapot Prize offers high school ceramics students the ultimate opportunity in real-life career and industry opportunities to raise the stakes of the educational experience. All of the details of the exhibition are based on international professional calls for work in the ceramics industry from the juror selection to the venue.

The 2017 call for work was open to all current Clark County Nevada, Orange and Seminole County Florida high school ceramics students to submit their best teapots for exhibition. Co-mentors and teaching artists, C.A.Traen and Robert LaWarre III collaborated with the jury panel of respected international artists to curate this impressive exhibition that showcases stellar ceramic works.

After the fantastic public response to the first The Neon Teapot Prize, the exhibition is now a biennial national competition in 2019. We expect to have approximately 300 entries with 30 pieces to be selected after jurying. The work will be juried into the exhibition by a new panel of carefully selected elite international ceramic artists. Additionally, each juror and mentor will loan one of their pieces to the exhibition to further inspire the students’ imaginations.
Knowing that respected industry professionals are viewing their work is motivation enough for most students, but the additional merit of recognition and awards is another feature that is directly appropriated from professional exhibition calls.

We hope you will choose to join us in this celebration of youth ceramics by introducing this project to your students and encouraging them to enter!

Las Vegas City Hall “The Grand Gallery”