Kathy Butterly

born Amityville, NY 1963
Amityville, New York, United States
Active in
  • New York, New York, United States
  • American

Kathy Butterly sculpts paper-thin, abstract porcelain cups and vessels whose forms are inspired by the body, by children's toys, Asian religions, and pop culture. She studied with ceramist Robert Arneson, and was exposed to the lively California art scene, which encouraged her to produce humorous and abstract pieces. Butterly's work rarely stands taller than seven inches, as she feels that the small size allows her to create intimate works of art that express ideas central to her life. Before she begins a piece she does not have a preconceived idea of what it will look like, but uses a stream of consciousness that allows her creative energy to pour into the clay and lead her to the finished object.