John “Sleepy” Moran describes himself as “a politically and socially engaged hot glass sculptor, mixed media artist, co-founder and operator at Gent Glas, and all around nice guy”. His work is constructed from a series of anecdotes, references, and experiences. He draws ties to American pop culture, politics, and social issues, he doesn’t do this arbitrarily.
He explains on his website, “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. I myself am a product of all of these things; I am American and America was founded on dissent”.
His studio is currently located at Nieuwevaart 118 A106. 9000 Gent Belgium. Moreover, his works are also available at Habatat Galleries. 4400 Fernlee Avenue. Royal Oak, Michigan, or in his shop on his website. Besides the glass art, he also has his own merch.
John recently signed up for Netflix’s Blown Away. So, here are a few things you should learn about him.
John Moran On Netflix’s Blown Away Season 3
A group of professional glassblowers has joined Netflix’s show Blown Away in season 3. The competition is going to be fiery as these contestants try to compete to become the “best in glass”. The first season of the made its way to the screen for the first time in 2019. Since then, the success of the show opened doors for its successive season including festivities special.
The presenters of the show this season are Nick Uhas and Katherine Gray. Season 3 of the show premiered on 22 July 2022.
John Moran, one of the casts in the show, joined the competition all confident. He doesn’t want to brag that he is certain he is going to win the show. Joining him are the other nine contestants Trenton Quiocho, Rob Stern, Claire Kelly, Maddy Hughes, Dan Friday, Brenna Baker, Minhi England, John Sharvin, and Grace Whiteside.
John Moran Career/Work
According to his LinkedIn, John Moran started his glass art in 1998. He has been working as a glass artist for 24 years co-owning and running Gent Glas since 2013. His company currently has more than 20 artists hailing from Belgium, France, Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, and the U.S.
In a 2018 interview, John stated that on a goodnight, his shop pulls in 60 or 70 people and around 20 people on a slow night which contributes to the cultural aspect of Ghent. He also stated that his goal was to open the place 3 or 4 days a week rather than 1 day a week with the help of subsidies.
John added, “Our hope is that someday that this place runs without us and we are able to be a part of the studio and there’s a community and a manager that’s managing all the things that we’re doing now, and that would just grow into a bigger, broader community.”
John has done solo exhibitions since 2011 at Dylan Gallery. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hodge Gallery. Pittsburgh Glass Center, MFA Thesis Exhibition. University Galleries. Normal, Illinois, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Wilmington, Delaware, S12 Gallery. Bergen, Norway, and SIC Galleries of Contemporary Art. Wroclaw, Poland among a few other places.
Moreover, John has also received more than 20 awards, residencies, and grants.
Besides blowing glasses, John also went to China where he taught English for a year and a half after art school. After returning to the U.S. to resume work blowing glass, he befriended a Belgian glass maker. She invited him to do a residency and to teach in Belgium in 2010. He traveled between Belgium and U.S. frequently, finally moving in 2013.
John attended He is a Ph.D. candidate at The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland.
John also trained at Pilchuck Glass School and Haystack Mountain School of Craft in 2001.
Fun Fact — He earned the name “Sleepy” in the very first glass class he took. At the time, he was working a night shift job and going to school during the day. The exhaustion would catch up with him in the warmth of the glass demonstrations and he would fall asleep.
What Is John Moran Nationality?
By nationality, John Moran is an American living in Belgium. But, he likes to call himself a nomad. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but he has also been to Europe and Asia.
John was born to his mother Kathy Moran. Kathy, a native of Havertown, Pennsylvania is currently residing in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kathy writes that she was widowed early, raised 3 kids, now has 5 beautiful granddaughters, 5 wonderful grandsons also 2 wonderful sons-in-law.
Moreover, Kathy is a member of St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Parish in Bear, Delaware, and Alumni of Cardinal O’Hara High in Springfield, PA (Mullner). She obtained her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Delaware and was credentialled as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is now retired.
John’s father John Moran died on 15 June 1990. More about his family, he has two sisters Katie and Julie.
John Moran Age
In September 2021, John Moran turned 42 years old.
Is John Moran Married?
Details regarding John Moran’s dating life are unclear.
John hasn’t discussed or shared anything regarding his marital status. Back in 2017, he talked about returning to normal life after Frauenau, Germany. He talked about returning to normal life which for him meant spending a day with one of my best friends, hanging out with my hot and hilarious wife, working on sculptures for an upcoming show in Poland, and planning for the re-opening of the studio.
In this context, John sounded like he had a wife so he is likely married. However, there is nothing there regarding his married life.
Is John Moran On Instagram?
Yes, John Moran is on Instagram (@johnsleepymoran), Facebook (@johnsleepymoran), TikTok (@johnsleepymoran), and YouTube.
How Tall Is John Moran?
John Moran stands tall at a height of around 6 feet.
When Is John Moran Birthday?
John Moran celebrates his birthday on 26 September.