These intertidal deployment objects are assembled from ceramic pieces that were submerged into the ocean. This allowed barnacles, mussels, and other marine life to attach to their surfaces. Though typically seen as fouling organisms by people who work in the marine environment, we find barnacles and other sea life to be beautiful and hope that their inclusion in the work will raise awareness of the many industrious organisms that can contribute to the generation of designed work.

small (roughly) 8.5" x 5.5" x 5.5", large (roughly) 15.5" x 9" x 9"
Slip cast porcelain, and cotton rope




The intertidal deployment objects arose out of our interest to work with ceramic forms that would interact with and relate to the marine environment. We developed our forms to reference maritime objects like navigation buoys, floats, knots, jugs, bottles and industrial nautical equipment. The final forms, colors and handles all relate back to the abstracted visual vocabulary that we derived from our research. There are three different forms that work as both tops and bottoms, three caps, and four different handles. All of these elements can be interchanged, arranged, and lashed together to create a wide family of unique sculptural objects which reference the ocean.

small (roughly) 8.5" x 5.5" x 5.5", large (roughly) 15.5" x 9" x 9"
Slip cast porcelain, and cotton rope




This is an ongoing conceptual project developing new methods to integrate moss with functional ceramic artwork. The focus is to generate and optimize strategies for synthesizing moss with ceramic products. The mosses grow on their platforms that remain outside. Lids can then be rotated indoors for a limited amount of time as desired.

small H13.5cm, medium H18cm, large H20.5cm
Slip cast porcelain, white and textured glaze, moss, urethane gaskets


A full technical explanation of our moss and ceramic growing techniques can be seen in the 2013 March/April issue of Ceramic Review Magazine.




Ceramic components fit neatly into interchangeable bench/table inserts with holes cut through them. This allows for many different configurations depending on the desired use. The ceramic forms can flip upside down to create trivets, seats, bowls and vases.


table: 36"w x 72"l x 28.5"h

benches: 10"w x 46"l x 18"h


Maple and ceramic



These shelves are customizable, sturdy, pack easily, and require no tools to assemble. The design has two primary elements: a plywood shelf, and a steel support piece. The support pieces create a locking chain as the shelf is assembled. All of the elements are easy to manufacture. The shelf does not wobble as each support piece has a wide footprint that distributes the weight laterally - it becomes more stabile as the weight increases.


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shelf 12" x 60" x 1", support piece (can vary) 13" tall
appleply , powder coated 1/2" steel rod





For this concept the curving leg elements thread through a hole in the coffee table to double as lampposts.  The legs are attached at one end to the table bottom and at the other end to the lamp.  The goal was to create a sculpturally dynamic form and functional table and lamp combination with a minimal amount of parts.


31” x 30” x 21"

Powder coated aluminum, birch plywood, cherry veneer, tube knit cotton, electric socket



This furniture set was designed so that it can function both indoors and out doors without appearing out of place.  It is a minimal design intended to function as ample living space seating for a summer cabin or similarly small home.


Chair:  28” high x 24” deep x 19” wide
Ottoman: 15” high  x 24” deep x 19” wide
Bench: 28” high x 24” deep x 48” wide
Birch plywood, maple, foam, upholstery




This chair was desinged to be part of a wall based art installation as a sculptural element. It was designed so that all of its six pieces could be cut on an 18" x 32" laser cutter. The idea was to create a functional chair that was easy to make multiples of in the studio.


Chair: 16” x 16” x 31"
birch plywood





Trygve Faste's paintings engage conceptual issues of material creation through an abstract visual language of implied functionality.


©2012 Trygve Faste & Jessica Swanson