Barry was nominated by his clients for the award, which recognises the outstanding talents of Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Scheme members, who have made a positive difference to the lives of dogs and their owners.
Here, their contribution to dog training will be recognised and the winner of the KCAI Trainer of the Year award will be announced.
Professor and Chair of the Ceramics Department at KCAI
, Cary Esser, remarks on Lugo's infectious positive energy, "Sometimes you get situations in a department where there is a phenomenal amount of talent and the students feed off this energy and challenge each other and grow as young artists.
's position in the contemporary ceramics scene in the US since the 1960s is well-documented.
A fellow student (at KCAI) had come back from a trip to Hungary.
My first visit in 2008 was a month-long study abroad program available at KCAI. There I completed my first lithophane.
Since 1996 she has served as professor and chair of the Ceramics Department at KCAI. Under her leadership, the department trains students to become technically proficient in a wide range of construction, surface treatment and firing methods while challenging them to develop their work conceptually.
She returned to Kansas City, the city in which she had earned her BFA under Esser's tutelage at KCAI. While she is still laying the groundwork for surviving off of her artwork alone, her hand-made pottery line is gaining recognition.