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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Thor Sigstedt and Nate Metheny in Pasatiempo!

Great press!.... "Several pieces stood out. One, Nichos, is a knotted, branchless tree with small portals resembling holes poked out by woodpeckers that you can peer into. Inside are little scenes that seem like memories of things the tree has witnessed in its long life — a combination of miniature work, video, and holograms. A fiery red light illuminates the tree from within, as though it was burning inside. Nichos was created by Santa Fe-based artists Nate Metheny and Thor Sigstedt." -Michael Abatemarco (reviewer for Pasatiempo)     (spelling for Nate is Metheny, typo problem)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

this link should take you to a slide show showcasing Adventure Trails Ranch landscapes (mostly)For Movie Set Link

and.....lots more....and ....lots more...

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Raku Rukus III Come make raku objects with Dean Howell and Thor Sigstedt
When? Starts Saturday April 9th at 10:00 am 2016 at Dean Howell Art Studio and then follow-up glazing and burning at Adventure Trails Ranch along the creek on April 16th.
$75 including materials!
Dean's Art Studio address: 1575 Center Court 87507
Dean's phone number: 466-2838 or Thor 466-4403 or facebook message works for Thor Sigstedt

In the Japanese language, the word RAKU means “beautiful”, and has been used for        centuries to describe the ritual, the process, & the clay cups associated with the        Japanese, sake and tea-drinking ceremonies.  Contemporary artists and craftspeople all      over the world have adopted and adapted the process to their own cultures, and       personal methods of self expression.  The RAKU process of firing clay—by sudden         immersion/removal from red-hot firing chambers—offers beautiful visual effects on         glazes & clay objects…as well as providing unusual & stimulating, visual experiences        for the maker of the objects, and for all who witness the dynamic process!     

The RAKU process lends itself immediately to contemporary forms of expression, while maintaining its original capacity of representing ritual, and ethnic expression.  Given its adaptive nature & relatively low budget & overhead—as a three dimensional and sculptural experience—it has become a very popular choice of students of all ages & skill levels.  Though not yet a basic, required medium/process in most programs, it still has all the educational advantages for the developing art student or novice.   The process helps develop sensibilities in depth perception, skills in a plastic medium, vision & tolerance for the unknown, and opportunities to integrate “art & science”.  Educationally, RAKU has come to be synonymous with “successful experience”.

This RUKUS provides a comprehensive study of the RAKU process for SCULPTURE—its tools, creative/technical processes, and materials.  Specifically, the participants learn: 1.) …the nature of RAKU clay bodies & glazes; 2.) …how to design & build RAKU kilns; 3.)  …how to create a rukus... SCULPTURAL OBJECTS for the RAKU process; 4.) …how to conduct a RAKU firing; 5.) …the safety & environmental concerns of the RAKU process; 6.)…most importantly…the “spontaneous & deliberate” character of  the RAKU RUKUS!!;

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


accepted into Currents New Media show
Thor Sigstedt
Nate Metheny

Thor and Nate have decided to collaborate on a rustic sculpture/contemporary media project, which will hopefully come across as an exciting adventure in peering into natural burned out branch niches of an aspen be startled and what the natural stimulate a deep and startled response as we peer....into......a tree....These are the types of images that will be seen in the 'niches' of the NICHOS project; just a beginning of this artistic set of impressions: 


and, like:  


and here is the techniques for holograms we should use and their hologram at the end of clip is good example of what we intend to do:

All of these images would fit into the shape (frame: freeform circle with darkened interior) like above and the niches in the sculpture below:
This (above) is the basic sculptural form and format

This is more like the scale of images, perhaps a little larger