As a working and teaching ceramic artist, CLAIR BUCKNER creates satirical ceramic sculpture that has been exhibited across the southeast. Raised in south Georgia, Buckner draws inspiration from native flora and fauna. Buckner earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics in 2006 from Armstrong Atlantic State University under the direction of John G. Jensen.
Her work is held in private collections and in the San Angelo’s Chicken Farm Art Center permanent collection. She has exhibited works at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s annual exhibition Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational, the City of Savannah Arts, Culture, and Historical Resources Department’s Gallery, and the juried exhibition Kiln God National Competition. In her role as the Visual Arts Specialist for a local municipality, Buckner facilitates visiting ceramic artists’ workshops, manages studio spaces, and consults on studio layouts for new community ceramic spaces.
PIECE FOR MAKING WAVES
Water Foul, 2018
Ceramic sculpture, mixed media, water debris from Lake George, Midway, GA.
24" x 42" x 24"
Clair Buckner has been a birder since her hands were big enough to hold a duckling for banding. When she was four years old there were less than 59 breeding pairs of whooping cranes left in the world. The family trip that December of 1971, was to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas to see the last whooping cranes in their winter breeding ground.
We all have a responsibility to curb our consumption and contain the waste that ensues. The litter for this piece was collected on Lake George in Midway GA., a stone’s throw from the Gress River which winds its way over to St. Catherine’s Sound less than 20 miles away. The sound is also adjacent to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, a world renowned rookery for many rare bird species who choose to winter and breed there. The wood stork is one of their success stories. This large wader was on the endangered list for 30 years. It was recently downgraded to the threatened list in a ceremony at Harris Neck, where the largest wood stork rookery in the state is found.
Fortunately, the cranes and the wood storks have made a significant comeback. Unfortunately, we still push the environment to the brink on a daily basis.
REFUSE, REUSE, REPAIR.
This Little Piggy. . . (salt pigs), 2017
Water Foul, 2018