Paul and Bridgette
talk about the
foundry of
the future.

An Interview with Paul  Effinger – Foundry of the Future Art and Technology 0005

Paul Effinger is a digital sculptor who is exploring different methods of bronze casting other than the lost wax method of bronze casting.  He is exploring z corp printing in a cellulose powder, infiltrates and others.

Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon is the host of Art and Technology podcast

Effinger worked 13 years in the gaming industry creating for published titles as lead Character Artists and Animator and contributed to many others as an independent contractor. He strives to see some of his creations into physical forms and loves the feel of bronze. This has caused him to explore in different areas of 3d printing and investment casting.  The processes and pitfalls of 3d printing are featured in chapter 7 of the Mudbox book.
( Paul is featured in my 2015 book 3D Technology In Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting, and Milling.

Paul’s experiment with digitally printing
his sculpture shows the stair stepping.

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Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon is the host of Art and Technology podcast

“A fire side chat where innovation, creativity, technology and science meet.”

Art and Technology Podcast

The art and technology podcasts are up. And you are welcome to include them on your site.  Check out the link at the end of each post here.  You can listen to the podcast at  Once there, press on the link in the upper nav bar that says “podcasts.”

The podcast has been submitted to iTunes and we will let you know when you can subscribe to it in iTunes. We would, however like to have you stop by digital to listen and reply on the forum threads for each post. It is a great way to create a dialogue on these topics.

I’ll also put a direct link to the new podcasts below so you can listen right from your browser.

You can see a player and listen from this website at Videos and Podcast page of this website.

Here are the podcasts that have been recorded to date:


Host of the Art
and Technology
Podcasts and
author of Digital
Technology in Fine
Art and Craft:
Exploring 3D Printing,
Scanning, Sculpting,
And Milling.

Art and Technology 001- Introduction
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An introduction to the Art and Technology Podcast. Host Bridgette Mongeon and illustrator/writer Mike de la Flor talk about their hopes for digital, the Art and Technology podcast and the new book Digital Sculpting with Mudbox: Essential Tools and Techniques for Artist.

A bit about the host Bridgette Mongeon

Bridgette is a traditional sculptor and a writer. She has been creating podcasts for two years on various topics and looks forward to exploring art and technology with the community at Her passion for this subject is fueled by her ongoing graduate studies. She is also coauthor of the new Mudbox book and co-administrator for the website

Interview with Mike de la Flor
Mike is a medical, illustrator/animator, instructor and writer. He is the author of several CG titles including the popular The Digital Biomedical Illustration Handbook. He has written dozens of articles for 3DWorld, Computer Arts, and MacWorld among other magazines. Mike is also the co-administrator of the website.

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Robert Michael Smith was our first interview

An Interview with sculptor Robert Michael Smith. Art and Technology 0002

Please see previous post for more information about Robert Michael Smith 

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An Interview with Joris Debo from Materialise .MGX Art and Technology 0003

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Joris Debo of Materialise talks about new technology in 3D printing and investment casting

An Interview with Joris Debo from Materialise .MGX discussing some of the highest quality of 3d Printing.
Joris Debo from .MGX, a division of Materialise talks about the technology of large scale 3d printing and investment casting that their company is offering to the traditional and digital studio. .MGX works with 3D printing technologies and some of the top designers in the world.

Check out the .MGX catalog for some very inspiring artwork
This link lets you download both catalogs

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Interview with Kevin Gillespie Art and Technology 0004
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Kevin Gillespie talks about copyrights and 3D

Kevin Gillespie pioneer in CG, talks with Host Bridgette Mongeon about 3d technology and copyrights- from a personal viewpoint.  How can we protect ourselves as artists?  How can we be more aware? Copyright in 3D is an  emotionally charged issue.

For more information on this case, copyright issues and other information as well as a discussion of this topic please visit the website.  We would love to hear what you think about this heated topic.

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Article Not a Model Decision a wonderful blog article by a lawyer

Article  Important Case ( maybe): 10th Circuit on Copyrightability of Digital Model


So who is next?
Some great guests are planned:

Andrew Silke– From the Guerilla CG project

Adrian Bowyer– the developer of the REP RAP

Next Enginedigital scanning

Oron CattsThe Tissue Culture & Arts Project ( this is a strange one, you must listen)


My next two podcast interviews are from Australia and UK.  Wow going global.  Can’t wait. They should both be very interesting.

PS saying good skype prayers to be sure the recordings sound o.k. Scheduling these podcasts now!

I have been lusting after this microphone for a while. I know if I am going to lust after something I should probably lust after $800 mic and recording equipment instead of the MXL USB.007  But, I feel this is an upgrade from my Samson Co1U. Plus unlike the Samson this one is in stereo.

Adding the new podcast about Art and Technology on the website made me feel a bit more comfortable about purchasing a new microphone.

I’m having some serious problems with sound quality and am hoping that this microphone will help to solve that.


I have been having trouble with my Heil boom arm. For those who don’t know  what that is. It holds the mic so I can talk during podcasts. I’m not sure I would ever buy a Heil again and really,  I think I might like to switch to a boom arm extension so it come up and over my screen. But anyway, I would set the mic up and it kept slowly moving down as I talked. It drove me crazy, to the point that I was holding it up by wedging scissors between the arm and a cabinet. Then today I looked at it closely… there is a weight on the end of the arm.  Don’t call me dumb.  I took the weight off and now it  longer moves.   Now in my defense, when I move this mic over to my area during podcasts, though it is in front of my nose, and in front of my eyes, I’m not looking at it. Usually, I’m looking at the screen or my notes or whatever.  O.k. I feel a little stupid.

Podcasting with Bridgette Mongeon
I spend a lot of time recording and editing.
The Art and Technology is my second podcast.
To date I have recorded and edited 68 podcasts.

We have been working hard all weekend to set up a new community at It will be a portal of information, tutorials, galleries etc on digital sculpting and the technology surrounding it. I encourage everyone to join. It is huge and will continue to grow, with people and information.  You can create your own profile, blog, gallery etc.

As part of this information community we are starting a new podcast titled,
Art and Technology

“A fire side chat where innovation, creativity, tech
nology and science meet.”

We are just waiting for our introduction by Jazz Legend Harry Sheppard, and then our podcasts will be up. I expect that to be next week sometime. In the mean time, here is a little about our first guest, Robert Michael Smith.

Robert Michael Smith

Robert Michael Smith our first interview on the Art and Technology Podcast

A complete bio follows:

Robert Michael Smith is a digital sculptor and Associate Professor of art and technology at New York Institute of Technology Fine Arts Department. Smith is also NYIT Middle East Fine Arts Computer Graphics Coordinator for Global Exchange Programs at Amman, Jordan; Kingdom of Bahrain, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Recently Smith has established a collaborative digital art gallery at Beijing, China.

Smith has been an active pioneer of digital sculpture, 3D visualization/animation, Web design, virtual sculptures for the Web, virtual actors for computer gaming, as well as a significant art and technology educator. During 1999-2003 Smith was a Board Director for Manhattan chapter of SIGGRAPH. Smith was the Web Director of during 1997-2003 and a Board Director of the International Sculpture Center during 2003 -2005. Smith is President Emeritus of the Sculptors Guild, and a founding Board Director of Digital Stone Project.

Smith previously taught throughout New York City at Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts, The New School for Social Research, Parsons School of Art & Design, The Sculpture Center, as well as University of the Arts at Philadelphia, University of North Dakota, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and San Jose State University. Smith has also been a guest lecturer at numerous universities, international conference

s, and featured in several international articles and books including two chapters, “Digital Imaging” and “Digital Sculpture” in the recent Thames & Hudson publication “Art of the Digital Age”, by Bruce Wands.

Smith’s sculptures and digital art have been exhibited at prestigious New York City, NY venues including:
Sculpture Center; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center; Asian American Arts Center; Blum Helman Warehouse; and
The Corning Gallery at Steuben; The Rubelle & Norman Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; as well as National venues including: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA; Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ; Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack, NY; FermiLab, Batavia, IL; Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA; Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA; Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI; Sculpture Tour, University of Tennessee / Knoxville; Nave Museum, Victoria, TX; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI; North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND; Muskegon Museum, Muskegon, MI; Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX; Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS; University of Alabama Art Gallery, Birmingham, AL; The Alexandria Museum, Alexandria, LA ;The Plain’s Art Museum, Moorhead, MN; The Rourke Art Gallery, Moorhead, MN; Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville, NY; Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX; Robert Fullerton Art Museum,
San Bernadino, CA; The Alexandria Museum.

“Virtuaclabiabyte Tongue Twister Sister”
A sculpture created in Mudbox and
digitally printed in ABS plastic with the
Stratasys Dimension RP machine.

Alexandria, LA; University of Oklahoma Museum of Art, Norman, OK; Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK; University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK; Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum, Anchorage, AK; Fine Art Museum of the South, Mobile, AL; Gaston County Museum,

Dallas, NC; West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts, West Bend, WI

International exhibition venues have included: Art Cologne, Germany; Supermarket 2008, Stockholm, Sweden; Foresight Art Center, Amman, Jordan; Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, England; Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico;
UTS Gallery, Sydney, Austr

alia; Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey; Snowhite Gallery, Aukland, New Zealand;
Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan; Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Queen’s Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, England; Galleria Arte Mod

erna, Forte di Marmi, Italy; Gallerie Graphe, Paris, France;
Conseil Général de Meurthe-et-Moselle, Nancy, France; Isla Center for the Arts, Mangilao, Guam.

During 2008 – 2009 Robert Michael Smith was a featured artist along with Bruce Beasley, Jon Isherwood and Kenneth Snelson in “Digital

Stone”, an exhibition sponsored by Autodesk that toured at contemporary art museums throughout China, including Beijing Today Art Museum, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Jinse Gallery at Chongqing, and Art Map Gallery, Wenzhou. A sculpture by each artist was purchased for the permanent collection of China National Museum of Fine Arts at Beijing.

Many are waiting patiently for the new Art and Technology podcasts.

“A  fire side chat where innovation, creativity, technology and science  meet. “

We have completed our first four interviews. I think you will find the topics very interesting.  I have a couple more scheduled for this week, however, we are awaiting our introduction from Jazz Legend Harry Sheppard and for the new website to be complete. The new Digital website is a community site that we hope to offer many resources on.  It is still in the “construction” phase.  All of the podcasts will be housed there and you will also find accompanying articles and posts on the podcast here.  Podcasts will also  be available in iTunes. More information to come.

I’m having a wonderful time with the new Art and Technology podcasts. We recorded our third one this morning. It is about 3D and copyright. A huge topic, and one that I think we will talk about quite often on this podcast. Here is a link to the case that we discussed along with our own experiences and thoughts about digital technology and copyright issues. Last week I had Materialise on the podcast and they shared their process and some of the incredible new things that will be around for artists working in 3D that want to get their artwork out of the computer.

Next week I have another exciting conversation. These are really fire side chats. Informal conversations on different aspects of digital sculpting, and traditional sculpting. The entrance line to the podcast is…

” Welcome to the art and technology podcast at
A fireside chat where innovation, creativity, technology and science meet.”

Now I just need to get the website up. I’m working diligently at this. It will be a community of artists talking about different subjects.

Can I be any more excited about my new endeavors? We just completed our second podcast with Joris Debo from Materialise. Oh the very interesting things I found out about the services that are going to be made available for digital printing. It was a great conversation and Joris will be sending more information concerning 3d printing that we can include on our new website. The website will be up no later than May. We are working out all of the details of the site. All of these podcasts will be put up there.

Time to secure podcast interview #3.

Yesterday I conducted my new podcast that I have created as a part of my research into “Bridging the gap between the traditional sculpture studio and new technology.” It will be located on my blog and our new website ( not up yet) This site should be up by May along with the podcasts. It will be a community of artists offering a vast amount of resources on this subject. It was prompted by our publisher Elsevier and the new book on Digital Sculpting with Mudbox.

My first interview was with digital sculpting pioneer Robert Michael Smith. Monday I will interview Joris Debo from Materialise. My hit list for others in this podcast of Art and Technology are both artists, those in research and those providing the technologies for artists. I’m especially interested in things that are near and dear to my heart. All aspects of technology that help to create figurative sculpture, methods that will assist in creating a new type of foundry and bronzes, clay and the history of digital art, as well as the mix of math, science and art.

I am continually reminded how much this bridge is needed, by both the vendors and by those working and passionate about creating and the technology. As Robert Michael Smith said in our interview.

“I’m glad to see people like you are picking this up and doing it on your own now. This stuff really should be financed from a single source. There should be a single hub of information. “

The others on my hit list.

  • Carl Bass CEO of Autodesk and a sculptor and involved with the Digital Stone Exhibition
  • Synappsys Digital Services along with Shan Gray on the new process Data Direct To Mold used to create The American
  • Christiane Paul Who wrote these articles about digital technology and sculpture. The were written 10 years ago. This is how I was introduced to Robert Michael Smith. I would also like to interview the other artists in this group who were working in this digital sculpting 10 years ago they are:
  • Dan Collins
  • Kieth Brown
  • Michael Reese
  • Derrick Woodham
  • Christian Lavigne
  • Someone from Solheim Laboratories at the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Washington about their digitally printing of clay and glass. I would love to cover one of their other collaborators with them. Perhaps Ron Rael @UC Berekely who asks in this post “Are we the first in the world to 3d print translucent Porcelain?” It does not take long to float through this blog and find another 6-10 people that I want to interview. and I must say I want to be able to print 3d ceramics in my studio!
  • I love Robert Lazarini’s work and would be thrilled to interview him!
  • Adrian Bowyer about RepRap Open source.

Robert Michael Smith also gave me an extended hit list. Please, if you know anyone who is interested in being a part, and of course those wanting to sponsor the site, send them my way!

For those of you who do not know, besides sculpting and writing I also create podcasts. I’m about to expand on these podcasts. What can I say, I love a good interview.

Our new podcasts will be from those working in 3D. We are talking to all sorts of people from those using new tehnology to create fine art to those creating images for movies. I’m thrilled with this new endeavor. I predict the podcast will start in the next few months as it is a part of our book deal with Focal Press that we have a website on the subject. So be sure to watch out for Creating the site will be so much fun as there is additional information that I have found with both my graduate research and the writing of the Mudbox book that I am wanting to share. And the interesting people who are working and leading this technology are so much fun to chat with. Why not do that for a podcast?

The podcasts that I have done for the past almost two years are inspirational. They are sponsored by my God’s Word Collectible gift line. Inspirations/Generations has added a new segment called Inspirations/Creative Christians. We are interviewing creative Christians to learn about their faith, process, inspiration and other things. You can find all of our podcasts on the God’s Word Collectibles website. Or on our God’s Word Collectibles Facebook Fans page.

The Creative Christian podcasts are depicted with ” Creative Christians” in the title. Here is a description of our recent Creative Christians podcasts. If you would like to listen, just click on the links. I you want to subscribe to this Inspirational channel in itunes you can do so by following this link.

What is to come with the Creative Christians podcast? We are presently working on securing interviews with the following people. Skater- Scott Hamilton, Singer- Alice Cooper, Loni Lamb and many more.

Recent Interviews

Creative Christians-Interview with Author and Actor Susan Isaacs
Creative Christians Podcast continues in an interview with Author and Actor Susan Isaacs. Susan shares her disappointments in her creative Christian journey as well as her revelations. Anyone who wonders where God is in their creative journey should listen. (Inspirations_0049 58.24 minutes)

Of course we also interviewed Susan about her book on our regular podcast.

Book Review “Angry Conversations with God.”

Susan Isaacs shares her stories behind her new and humorous book “Angry Conversations with God- A Snarky But Authentic Spiritual Memoir.” (Inspirations_Generations_0048 30 minutes)

Creative Christians-Helpful Insight and Tips from Christian Business Manager Michael Smith.
Michael Smith of Michael Smith and Associates talks about managing Christian artists and gives some hints and suggestions to those wanting to get noticed in the business. An incredible interview with a man of incredible integrity. Michael Smith and Associates represents- Jaci Valsquez, Salvador, GoFish, Brad Stine, Aaron Wilburn, The Lads, Yancy, Tyler Dodds and the God Men conferences as well as Right Minded Records and Pure Blue Record Labels. (Inspirations_Generations_0047 44.46 minutes)