Annika McKenna is a second generation silversmith and the owner of SeaSalt Design Jewelry.
She creates unique collections of handmade Sterling Silver jewelry inspired by nature. Annika is well known for her vibrant colors, coastal lifestyle jewelry, and floral designs. Techniques include: hand forging, precious metal clay, mill rolling, oxidizing, beading and wire work in her jewelry designs. Materials range from Semi-precious gemstones, pearls, crystals, and other natural elements, to found objects such as seaglass and rare beach shells. As an example, each sterling silver leaf, flower, or seed pod is handmade by her from the one she finds in nature. The focus is on simplicity of design, classic style, and enhancing the beauty of each piece.
As an Artist, her work is inspired by the incredible beauty I find in the natural world around her; whether it’s the golden fall foliage, the particular shape of a small stone, or the unique color of a piece of sea glass. Her jewelry is continuously influenced by the simple complexity of nature.
2013 Best in Show Old Saybrook, CT Arts and Crafts Fair
Featured Artist for New Britain Museum of American Art
Featured in Bride and Groom Magazine 2015
Cushing Academy Alumni Event featured Artist 2016
Consistently chosen to participate in coveted juried art events across New England.
2015/2016 Highlighted Events
Dogwood Festival Fairfield, CT; Virtu Art Festival,Westerly, RI; Old Saybrook Arts and Crafts Fair Old Saybrook, CT; Mystic Outdoor Art Festival Mystic, CT; Guilford Expo Guilford, CT; Scituate Heritage Days Scituate, MA; Mattapoisett Harbor Days Mattapoisett, MA; Harwich Cranberry Festival Harwich, MA.