A member of the Navajo tribe, Jack Black was a very talented artist and sculptor. Born in Galveston, Texas, he lived in Arizona, opening a studio in Sedona in 1984. Inspired by native Americans and the colors of the desert, Mr. Black used for this grouping a pale adobe colored clay with a light sky blue glaze. The unglazed areas that expose the clay color were used for the man's face, the woman's head and, on the smallest piece, the pot and "table rock" base. He also used a brownish glaze in the curves and crevices to give it an aged look, although he used very little on these pieces compared to some we've seen. The small dark area you see on the front of the woman is actually some of that glaze. All of the pieces are incised on the bottom with the Jack Black signature, along with his cypher, a figure 8 with a vertical line through it, and the year of creation.
Mr. Black, who became a well-respected artist before his death in 2002, first sketched his ideas, then sculpted them in clay before molds were made. Each artwork was created by hand and no two are identical. The three pieces shown are as follows:
--The standing man measures 12 1/2 inches tall with a base measurement of 4 inches by 3 3/4 inches. This figure weighs 2 pounds 2 ounces and is dated 1985.
--The squatting woman, weighs 2 pounds 5 ounces and measures 9 inches tall with an 8 inch by 5 1/2 inch base. The date is 1984.
--The pair on the "rock" base measures 5 1/2 inches tall overall, with a base 4 inches by 6 inches and it weighs 11 ounces. It's dated 1984.
These are large, impressive pieces. They are in outstanding condition and with their simple lines and smooth matte surfaces, they complement any decor.