Oak Leaf Pottery

Photos courtesy  Kavin Bradner Photography

Oak Leaf Pottery’s story begins in the forest: A fiddlehead fern; a moss-covered stump; the amber leaves of autumn. This was the recipe that captivated Allison Gross on her tree-covered hikes in the Appalachian Mountains and summers in Nova Scotia.

Today, her pots are made on the grounds that crafting something by hand and connecting it to nature is essential to life. Allison is a full-time potter creating her wheel-thrown and handbuilt Rusticware inside her home studio in the Upstate of South Carolina while raising her 2-year-old son, Levi, with her husband, Daniel.

Her functional wares – cups, plates, platters, bowls and colanders – along with vases, jewelry, fairy houses and other pieces for decor, feature partial glazing with earth tones and deep blues and rustic stains to emphasize the natural, earthy feel of the clay. Most pieces have textures and carvings that always reflect imagery from nature. The surface treatment on the clay bodies often give the illusion that the wares are made from wood, rather than clay.

Oak Leaf Pottery reminds you that a walk in the woods is always worth taking.


Allison runs her business primarily through carefully-picked makers markets, custom orders, online sales and wholesale orders with various restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, galleries and gift shops. Check out the Stockists page for a list of where her work can be found for purchase.


We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8