RDZS were visualized one afternoon in the garden, surrounded by stacked stones, as an accoutrement for bare dashboards everywhere.

Rōbert (pronounced: Ro’bear) labored around the planet in the old days as an avalanche forecaster and mountain guide. With retirement, he and four of his alpine loving buddies started Mountain Weather Masters, a weather consulting company that provides forecasts for the motion picture and television industry. Rōbert mainly spends his time in the Rocky Mountains and the desert southwest where he wanders around and fishes with his black lab Django, and collects perfect zen stones to stack and place on dashboards around the world. He also tries to keep his wife Lisa inspired and laughing.

The Buddhists came knocking on Rōbert’s door a while back: for more tales and myths, check out Avalanche Zen.

“It’s all about the packaging,” a metal artist friend said years ago to Lisa Issenberg as she presented her latest stunning creation: a bronze ear — in irresistible packaging. This stuck (and is still stuck to Lisa’s wall) along with other remarkable influences; The 1967 Japanese packaging visual bible, How to Wrap Five Eggs, 18th/19th Century Ukiyo-e artists Hokusai and Hiroshige, a tiny book on senjafuda, and everything about the Bauhaus. Lisa grew up in the Northeast, wandered west to Colorado, then hit both coasts — San Francisco and Brooklyn — to dive into various forms of metalwork and earn her MID (Masters in Industrial Design) from Pratt. But the mountains of Southwest Colorado always pulled her like a giant magnet, filling her spirit and inspiring her design sensibility. When Lisa’s not moonlighting as a zen stone wrapper, she’s working full-time, minus a bike ride or ski, as the sole employee of Kiitella, Inc.

Django is a very passionate black lab. He spends his time playing ball and leaping for sticks in the Uncompahgre River.

Rōbert (pronounced: Ro’bear) labored around the planet in the old days as an avalanche forecaster and mountain guide. With retirement, he and four of his alpine loving buddies started Mountain Weather Masters, a weather consulting company that provides forecasts for the motion picture and television industry. Rōbert mainly spends his time in the Rocky Mountains and the desert southwest where he wanders around and fishes with his black lab Django, and collects perfect zen stones to stack and place on dashboards around the world. He also tries to keep his wife Lisa inspired and laughing.

The Buddhists came knocking on Rōbert’s door a while back: for more tales and myths, check out Avalanche Zen.

“It’s all about the packaging,” a metal artist friend said years ago to Lisa Issenberg as she presented her latest stunning creation: a bronze ear — in irresistible packaging. This stuck (and is still stuck to Lisa’s wall) along with other remarkable influences; The 1967 Japanese packaging visual bible, How to Wrap Five Eggs, 18th/19th Century Ukiyo-e artists Hokusai and Hiroshige, a tiny book on senjafuda, and everything about the Bauhaus. Lisa grew up in the Northeast, wandered west to Colorado, then hit both coasts — San Francisco and Brooklyn — to dive into various forms of metalwork and earn her MID (Masters in Industrial Design) from Pratt. But the mountains of Southwest Colorado always pulled her like a giant magnet, filling her spirit and inspiring her design sensibility. When Lisa’s not moonlighting as a zen stone wrapper, she’s working full-time, minus a bike ride or ski, as the sole employee of Kiitella, Inc.

Django is a very passionate black lab. He spends his time playing ball and leaping for sticks in the Uncompahgre River.