Jack Black Navajo Woman Sculpture


Item Number: DR 307
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artist: Jack Black
Medium: Clay and glaze
Age: 1984
Dimensions: 11″ X 8″


SKU: DR 307 Categories: , ,


This is from an original sculpture by Sedona artist Jack Black.

Sculpting from raw clay, a mold is made of the piece after which stone-ware “slip” is cast into the mold, removed, and allowed to sit drying for several days. It is then cleansed and the detailing of the sculpture is redefined. It is then fired at 1900 degrees. After firing it is sanded again, and three coats of high fire glaze are applied by hand. The sculpture is then re-fired at 2200 degrees. No two pieces are identical and each piece is finished by hand.  Each of Jack Black’s sculptures is unique, no two are exactly alike.

Although born in Texas, Jack Black lived and worked in Tucson. After attending the Institute of Design in Chicago, he spent 20 years creating sculptures before opening his first studio in Sedona, Arizona in 1984. His artwork had a unique style and his subject matter usually included stylized Native American people in various actions of everyday life reflecting the cultural heritage of the southwest.

Jack Black, a member of the Navajo tribe and a skilled potter, was a well-regarded Native American artist. When Jack Black died in 2002, all of the molds for his beautiful pottery were destroyed. Although his work is quite difficult to find, collectors continue to search for his pieces.

It is signed and dated 1984 on the bottom.

Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: Acquired from a private collector from Texas.

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Additional information

Weight 77 oz