Our Story

Kakilaki StudioArts is the artistic home of Karoline Shaffer & John O’Rourke.

Welcome to Kakilaki! I’m Karoline. For the past 20 years I’ve been working primarily with ceramics and warm glass. My fascination is how heat transforms materials and surfaces. Prior to moving to the Upcountry of South Carolina, I worked as an Interior Designer in both the Charleston and Grand Strand areas. The designer’s eye never leaves when creating a piece, I always imagine how it would look in my home or better yet someone else’s.

John is the “better half” of this duo. Returning to his native roots in Greenville he continues an artistic legacy. His grandfather and father were both stone-carvers. Their work can been found around town as well as the Southeast. John’s always been good with hands and it shows in his meticulously crafted glass chessboards and sculptural ceramics.