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Cameo Carved Diatreta and Insculpture Morning Glory Paperweight

Barry Sautner (American, 1952-2009) and Doug Merritt (American)1985

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

This cameo carved paperweight began with a single untouched blank of clear glass with external layers of color. Using a precise sandblasting technique known as insculpture, the glass is hollowed out, revealing the central image as negative space. In a time-intensive process, the colored layers of glass along the periphery are carved in high relief and drastically undercut, creating a diatreta – an open lattice work design, or 'shell' of decoration, connected to its base by only a few delicate points.

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  • Title: Cameo Carved Diatreta and Insculpture Morning Glory Paperweight
  • Creator: Barry Sautner (American, 1952-2009), Doug Merritt (American)
  • Date: 1985, 1985
  • Physical Dimensions: h2.46 x w8.5 cm
  • Type: Paperweight
  • External Link: Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
  • Medium: Sandblasted (insculpture-diatreta) glass
  • Object ID: PW 1995.2.1954
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. & Mrs. F. John Barlow

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