Lisa Issenberg, the artist behind Issenberg Design, fell in love with metal fabrication and design in 1991. Metal has appealing properties — recrystallization, malleability, texture and luster — and its elemental beauty has electrified her metalwork ever since.
Issenberg’s focus is innovative, custom metalwork, ranging from jewelry to large-scale architectural installations, often incorporating other mediums, such as her black & white photography or wool felt. Her art is functional, distinctive and inspired by the grace of the natural world. Her process combines metalcraft and technology; no two pieces are the same, as each is hand finished and delightfully imperfect.
Issenberg earned a Master of Industrial Design degree from Pratt Institute in 2001 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University. She teaches metal design and art workshops through both Telluride, Colorado’s Ah Haa School for the Arts (and served on its Artist Advisory Board for six years) and the Weehawken Creative Arts Center in Ridgway, Colorado. Issenberg Design clients include The North Face, the Towns of Telluride and Crested Butte, the Michael D. Palm Theater and various other organizations and private entities. Her jewelry has been represented by The Whitney Museum Store and The International Center of Photography in New York City, as well as galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Telluride Gallery of Fine Art has represented Issenberg’s jewelry since 1994.
Issenberg lives in Ridgway, Colorado with her husband, creates in her metal design studio and steel shop, and adventures in the surrounding San Juan mountains.