Glass Art

“Glass art is finding its way into many high school curriculums across the county.
New Trier is leading the way, providing our students opportunities with glass in a
high school setting that we didn’t know were possible.”

  – Alicia Landes, Art Department Chair

Mori Weinstein graduated from New Trier in 2012 and also attended University of Kansas. A lover of art, Weinstein had returned to New Trier to dedicate a piece of his artwork to the art department. “Mori Weinstein was, beyond everything else, loyal to his friends,” said his adviser, Robert Berlin. “Whether he was skateboarding after school or creating a work of art, Mori was interested in the people who were sharing the experience with him.” In 2016, a tragic accident occurred where he and three others died.

Mori was well known at New Trier in the art department, and left a lasting impression.  Glass Art teacher, Monique Boyd remembers him fondly, and appreciated his skills, and his personality. He had an attention to detail that made his craft unique and technical. His work was very finely detailed because of his skills.  Mori was so passionate about glass art that he and his dad set up a glass art shop in his garage where he could create. His works are gallery worthy.

We have a unique opportunity to honor Mori’s memory by contributing to a memorial fund. 

The Glass Art program at New Trier is a very popular course program, and many students are drawn to the art, something quite unique that New Trier offers, unlike most high schools. It rivals college level studios.

The glass art studio in the new wing of the school building is sunlit and expansive.  But, it houses the old equipment.  There is a need for additional equipment, specifically a new reheat chamber and an annealing kiln.  As the popularity of glass art increases, so does the demand for more advanced students and advanced projects. Currently, all nine periods are filled with students.  Double the equipment will mean many more students can participate in this unique art form.

Please consider honoring Mori’s memory and his talent by making a contribution to the New Trier glass art program.

A gift of $5,000 would have an immense impact on our ability to complete this project, but any gift, of any size, is deeply appreciated. The cost of the equipment needed is $35,700. Funds raised over the equipment cost will be restricted to continuing to enhance the Glass Arts program.

A memorial plaque in Mori’s name will be placed in the Glass Art Hot Shop at the completion of this special project. Expanding the glass arts at NTHS will be a fitting remembrance of him.


The Goal

The New Trier Educational Foundation has committed to raise $35,700 to purchase the annealing kiln and second reheat chamber.


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The Benefits


Two groups of three students will be able to work together in tandem to create several glass components that form one large piece. This gives students at various skill levels–beginners, intermediate and advanced–the opportunity to collaborate on more complex projects.


Having additional working space expands the depth and breath of the projects that can be made. More students can enter into the process assisting each other and participating in the final creation.


Building capacity for this curriculum with state-of-the-art equipment raises the quality of education for Glass Art students and brings New Trier’s Glass Art facility to a level that rivals many colleges and universities. The enhanced program will help prepare our students for higher learning.

“Having more space and equipment enables New Trier students to host students from other schools near or far. The real life connection of working alongside and collaborating with new people helps students grow and be more understanding of people from different backgrounds.”
– Monique Roberts Boyd, Art Faculty

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Glass Art teacher Monique R. Boyd standing in front of the furnace which can hold 150 lbs. of glass at 2150 degrees.
Reheat chamber currently in use. The addition of a second reheat chamber will allow the class to double the number of student participants.

The Foundation partners with the District and New Trier faculty to identify special initiatives that can benefit the students in multiple ways and have the potential to engage the larger community.