In 2007, Dawn Eskins and her two daughters founded one of the country’s first cupcake bakeries, Carolina Cupcakery. After opening several locations and appearing on Cupcake Wars, Extreme Home Makeover and House Hunters,

the urge became strong to return to North Carolina.

In 2021 the opportunity presented itself to purchase Studio 12 on Hatteras Island with the adjoining coffee shop. This was also perfect timing to return to fine art.

With a degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, Dawn has found that working with families making art was a perfect addition to the Cupcakery family. 

Our Studio

Studio 12 is a great place for kids and kids at heart.

Bring in the whole family for some artsy fun.

Grab a cupcake, latte or all fruit smoothie from the coffee bar and then create your own mosaic, paint some pottery or make some glass fusion.

Browse our gallery to find unique gifts made by local OBX artists

as well as owner Dawn Eskins.

Studio 12 is fun for all ages!


Dawn Eskins

Mixed Media Drawing & Painting

Meet the Staff


Rebecca Miller

Studio Manager

Alice Miller