Projects > 2014-2015

Apron Trio, On the Line
Apron Trio, On the Line
Stoneware "washed" with black iron oxide and steel wool. Cone 10 reduction.
2014

With over ten years cooking in restaurants and working as a sous chef in Colorado, I have developed a deep interest in the relationship between labor and identity. The apron is a common object in the everyday lives of cooks and food workers and creates an aesthetic of homogeneity in the back of house. Similar to pedestals propping artwork, a ceramic plate is supposed to 'disappear from the patrons' gaze: the food is the star. I have been exploring these aprons in their relationship to the labor of service workers propping up the general aesthetic experience of dining. The aprons stand up for those service workers who must constantly diminish their visual role in a restaurant while maintaining their rigorous work environment.