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

The Goal

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

Mori Weinstein graduated from New Trier in 2012 and attended University of Kansas. “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.

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. 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 that will purchase new equipment for the Glass Arts. 

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.  There is a need for additional equipment – 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.

The Benefits

STUDENTS LEARN IN TEAMS WITH DIVERSE SKILLS

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.

STUDENTS GAIN SPECIALIZED TECHNIQUES

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.

STUDENTS BECOME COLLEGE-READY

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

Make your gift to the Glass Arts today.

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.