Today we’d like to introduce you to Abigail Arnette.
Hi Abigail, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
When I was very young, my mother made beautiful stained glass windows in our basement. She stopped once my brother and I were in school, but many years later, I was looking for a creative outlet and remembered those beautiful windows. I decided to teach myself the Tiffany style (copper foil) of stained glass through videos online and a few tips and hand-me-downs from my mother in 2015.
In the beginning, I wanted to quit because it was very challenging. My boyfriend (and now my husband and father of our two kids, Michael) encouraged me to keep trying, and I’m so glad I did. I got more and more comfortable with the craft, and in 2018, I decided to start my Etsy. I have learned so much, and I am learning new things every day. I finally feel comfortable calling myself an artist, and things are really starting to take off! I can’t wait for my young kids to be in school so I can focus on glass full time, but for now, I’m mostly mommy.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Starting stained glass was incredibly exciting but challenging. I was teaching myself, and it got pretty frustrating at times, but with the support of Michael, I kept at it until I got better. Starting an Etsy store was an entirely new ball game! I’ve always been great with customer service and the majority of my customers are incredible, but every now and then, I’ll get someone who is challenging to work with for a custom order. But those challenging customers are actually what shaped a lot of my policies for custom work. It’s also challenging having two young children. My daughter is four and my son is ten months. I really only get to work when they are resting/napping or when they go to bed.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a stained glass artist focused on Tiffany style (copper foil) as opposed to cementing. Stained glass is an art form that has a very vintage feel to it, and there aren’t as many young glass artists as there are for other art forms. I’m usually the only stained glass artist at craft shows in STL. But I do know several other glass artists in STL who are incredible! I think I am most proud of the fact that I am self-taught and worked hard to build a good Instagram following and customer base, all while raising my two kids.
What matters most to you? Why?
In regards to my work, what matters most to me is having good relationships with my clients and providing the best customer service. I’m a people pleaser and can’t stand the idea of someone being upset with me or my work, so I definitely go out of my way to make my customers happy. Doing good quality work is important to me as well.
In general, the obvious thing would be my family but also balancing family with my work. I think it’s very important for parents to maintain their individual identity after having kids and doing stained glass is what keeps me feeling like my own person even though I absolutely love being a mother.
- Small ornament style pieces range from 25-45
- Panels range from 80-350 depending on size and number of pieces.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.etsy.com/shop/akstainedglass
- Instagram: @Ak_stainedglass