Pearl Diver - Mick Guthrie Art

Mick Guthrie Art

Pearl Diver

900 x 320 x 100mmKiln-Fired, Handmade, Clay Sculpture
Pearl diving on the northern coast of Australia was originally done by free divers or skin divers but in the 1880s diving, suits were introduced so that fishing could go on in deeper waters. Pearl luggers set out to sea with divers onboard often for months before returning to shore. It was a dangerous career with many divers paralysed from the bends or sometimes dying at sea. Ships returning to shore with flags at half-mast meant a diver had died. “The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens.”~ Grace Kelly These Pearl Diver pieces are, kiln-fired, handmade earthenware clay pieces with leather strapping. There is a cord at the back for convenient hanging. Approximate Dimensions 90cm (H) x 32cm (W)