Awarded the 2010 Distinguished artist of La Quinta, Kathy Caldwell received her early art and design training from The University of California at Berkeley’s Fine Art Department and the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles.
She first started making jewelry 35 years ago in a small studio in Chicago. Her craftsmanship began attracting the attention of local galleries and jewelry stores all over the city.
After many years in her studio, Kathy decided to hang up her blowtorch and move to California. She served as a Vice President and head merchandiser for a series of high-end jewelry stores in San Diego, with a specialty in precious and semi-precious stones.
After too much time away, Kathy got back into the studio and her ability to pick high-quality stones is one of the things she is best known for in her work today. She moved to La Quinta in 2004, and has been thrilled to be part of the Art Under The Umbrellas series and the prestigious La Quinta Arts Festival. Many of her new designs reflect the natural curves and rich colors of the desert mountains that surround her home.