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Royal Jelly

1996 Kathy Butterly Born: Amityville, New York 1963 glazed porcelain 4 1/2 x 3 3/8 in. (11.4 x 8.6 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art 1997.46 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B

Luce Center Label

Royal Jelly displays Kathy Butterly’s signature style of forming small works out of curving and intertwining forms. She has made the walls of this cup so thin that light is able to shine through the glaze, creating a soft and fleshlike surface. The title refers to the food that the queen bee eats inside the beehive. Royal jelly is also thought to provide excellent health benefits for humans, such as relieving stress and depression, improving stamina, and preventing premature aging.


decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - porcelain