Elise Birnbaum started OATMEAL after a conversation among friends while eating oatmeal and talking about making things. Using her background in studio art and innovative design sense, Elise created a line of understated and beautiful wearables in ceramic and metal. Her signature design is a handmade knot – a shape that reflects Elise’s personality as a maker and a collector of interesting objects.


Made with care at her home studio and the Union Project, Elise crafts jewelry, wall hangings, sculptural objects, and key chains. Her products echo the simplicity found in her original knot design. Made with an earthy, neutral color palette, Elise’s collections of decorative and personal accessories are individually handcrafted. They reflect the qualities of the natural materials she uses.


As an owner of a new business, Elise is excited to grow OATMEAL by connecting with other craft producers in Pittsburgh. She looks forward to introducing her collection to new customers locally and nationally. She is developing new products like pendant lights and other decorative objects for the home.