Winner of one of the most creative and bizarre glass art competitions on Netflix, Blown Away, John Moran is on the highlights as a master of glass blowing. Mixing his craftmanship with his art, ideology, and passion, the talented artist truly has blown away the minds of the audience. So, here’s all you want to know about Blown Away Season 3 winner John Moran.
Describing himself as a “politically and socially engaged glass sculptor, mixed media artist, and all-around nice guy,” John Moran is the new big name after winning Netflix‘s Blown Away Season 3. John Moran competed against the other finalists on Blown Away‘s 10-episode season to win a sixty grand cash prize with his sculpture “Behind The Golden Door”.
Incredibly talented and skill full in glass art, John Moran is on highlights ever since his spectacular performance on Blown Away. The final round’s task was to build a “cohesive, creative, and immersive glass display,” and the competitors had eight hours to do it. With his extraordinary talent, John not just won the show but also the hearts of many.
Following his success and fame, fans are eager to know more about John Moran, the glass artist. So, here’s all we have on John Moran from Blown Away.
Previously, we touched on Katherine Gray, Rob Stern, Grace Whiteside, Nick Uhas, and Deborah Czeresko (plus her partner).
John Moran, Glass Blowing Artist: Everything You Need to Know About Blown Away Season 3 Winner’s Art!
Hailing from Philadelphia, John Moran is a glass artist known far and wide! His remarkable craftsmanship and just as likable demeanor led Moran to be one of the beloved contestants of Blown Away.
John Moran worked for a while in the Philadelphia region, other parts of the country, and China after earning his bachelor’s degree from Tyler School of Art in 2006. He has since traveled the world in pursuit of jobs and education. Currently residing in the historic city of Ghent, Belgium, Moron has come up as an international name in the world of glass art competitions.
At Wheaton Arts, John received a Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship in 2009. He was invited to IKA Mechelen, Belgium, as an artist in residence and guest educator in the early part of 2010, and it was there that he discovered his love for history and Trappist beer. After returning to the United States, he drove a vehicle packed with all of his belongings west, where, after three arduous years, he earned his MFA from Illinois State University.
As to how John Moran got into glass art, the phenomenal glass legend revealed that it all began with a video of Pino Signoretto sculpting with glass. The very video opened up a world of possibilities for him to explore and be a part of.
John then relocated to Belgium in 2013, where he co-founded Gent Glas, a public access studio for the industry of professional glass. His interests in politics, philosophy, religion and human social behavior are all reflected in his work, along with a dash of humor and benevolence. Moran has recently displayed his work at a number of renowned galleries and institutions around the United States and Europe as well even before the show went viral.
Describing the essence of his art, John Maron says in his biography that work is his work is constructed from “a series of anecdotes, references, and experiences.” The show winner explains how he tries to create ties between American pop culture, politics, and social issues rationally. He says,
I attempt to illustrate how I see the barrage of consumerism, religion, and politics colliding with depictions of social injustice, secular beliefs, and popular culture.
Completely submerged in the world of glass art, John also comes from a painting background, thus adding more flares to his craft. As revealed by the artist himself, the inspiration behind most of his pieces begins with an event. In his own words, he exclaimed,
Something that has caused a media stir that devolves into ideological discussions based on moral subjectivity.
A lowkey type of person, John Maron doesn’t really seem like the type to share much of his personal life. Scouring through his Instagram (@johnsleepymoran), it is filled with glass art of all sorts and some snippets from the glass-blowing show. His love life thus also remains unknown to his fans and followers.
John Moran in Netflix’s Blown Away Season 3: How Did He Blow Away the Audience’s Minds?
Defeating his competitors in a heated competition of wit, passion, art, creativity, skill, and energy, John Moran finished off strongly as the winner of the show. John Moran competed against the other finalists on Blown Away’s 10-episode season to win a sixty grand cash prize with his sculpture Behind The Golden Door.
The final round’s task of the competitive show was to build a “cohesive, creative, and immersive glass display,” and the competitors had eight hours to do it. The glassblowers have complete control over the concept so that the pieces could truly be judged on the basis of their inspiration, art, and craftsmanship.
Six glassblowers from the Corning Museum were invited in as colleagues by the guest assessor Susie Silbert, curator of the Post-War and Contemporary Glass at the Corning Museum, to assist the two finalists, John Moran and Minhi Su.
The Blown Away Season 3 winner was chosen by the judges after the finalists had finished their inventions and completed the installation themselves in the creation room.
John Moran’s masterpiece “Behind The Golden Door” ultimately earned him the title of Blown Away winner. With white space serving as the foundation for his idea, John revealed that he wanted others to know that there is “life pushing through, finding a way to shine” in this void, through his masterpiece.
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