I am a carver working primarily in stone and wood. I have been working in Baltimore for over 10 years. I provide design, carving & restoration services..My home is in the Station North neighbor hood and my studio is in Westpost in south Baltimore. (I incorporated as Atlantic Custom Carving, LLC in 2008, though I primarily trade as my own name and/or my website, Sebastianworks.com, which I have register as a trade name with the state of Maryland.) Many of my architectural, institutional and sculptural works are made from salvaged marble from local row homes. I am currently working on projects now to reincorporate stoops from rasied building into the developments that are replacing them. I have been a presenter at the American Craft Council’s annual Baltimore show for the last 4 yeas and was part of the Balvenie’s Rare Craft Tour with Anthony Bourdain in 2015. During these events I made a point to promote Baltimore as an ideal urban location for makers. I do quite a lot of private, ecclesiastical, and governmental work that ends up in NYC and DC and I would love the opportunity to mark them as Made in Baltimore.
Sebastian Martorana is an artist living and working in Baltimore, MD.
He received his BFA in illustration from Syracuse University, where he also studied sculpture, including a semester in Italy. After graduating he became a full-time apprentice in a stone shop outside Washington, D.C. Sebastian received his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Rinehart School of Sculpture.
His current studio is part of the stone shop at Hilgartner Natural Stone Company in downtown Baltimore where he undertakes and directs commissioned stone carving, restoration and design, as well as his own sculptural works. Many of his works involve incorporating salvaged marble architectural elements from the city and their re-incorporation into individual and site-specific sculptures. Sebastian is also an adjunct professor in the Illustration Department at MICA.
His works have received numerous awards and are included in various private and public collections. One of his pieces, Impressions, was featured in “40 Under 40: Craft Futures,” the 40th Anniversary exhibition of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The sculpture was acquired by the museum and is now part of their permanent collection.
Sebastian has been a guest lecturer and Let’s Make Partner at the American Craft Council’s annual Baltimore show for the last three years. In 2015 Sebastian was recently one of five artisans selected by Anthony Bourdain to be part of The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection tour.