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 10-month-old son, Levi, with her husband, Daniel. Her functional wares – cups, plates, serving dishes, bowls and colanders – along with decorative pieces like vases, jewelry and fairy homes, 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.
--We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8