Ellen Pittman (born 1985) is a Hobart-based jewellery designer. Her educational background spans psychology, cultural history and sculpture, resulting in both a technically and conceptually unconventional approach to design (Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours (2008), Bachelor of Fine Arts (2010) University of Tasmania). Pittman uses visceral evocations of the body (skin textures, membranes, meat) to explore social relationships through touch.
In 2009 Jan Henderson, Editor of Inside Magazine, awarded Pittman Second Prize Best in Show (designed Objects Tasmania biennial exhibition) for her, Elsie Suite: a silver ring, pendant and earrings cast from her 5-year-old step-daughter’s bellybutton. In 2010 she was awarded an Arts Tasmania grant towards setting up a professional design studio. She is now represented by galleries in both Melbourne and Sydney.