Growing up, I (thought I) wanted to be a surgeon. I took math and science in high school, and it wasn’t until my senior year when I realized that just because I was good at something didn’t mean it was what I should or would be happy doing. In the second semester of my final year, I begged the art teacher to give me a chance to gain the credits needed to apply to a BAA program, and after pulling all-nighters to prepare a massive portfolio, he gave me the credits I needed. Since then, the last time I studied human anatomy was in my first-year technical drawing class in art school.
Gabriella K. Levy‘s story is a similar one. Despite her decade-plus-long love for ceramics, she often shied away from the idea of art as a career for fear that it might bring a lifetime of financial instability — but her college experience opened her eyes to the emerging world of creative entrepreneurs in today’s versatile and multidisciplinary industry. Not before long did she realize that combining her left and right brain strengths in business and creative could lead to exponential success.
Forever passionate about functional art, Gabriella’s boutique lighting company, immerLit, explores her fascination with the artistic use of unlikely materials, specifically porcelain, and objects as useful art. Her translucent light fixtures aim to capture the natural beauty of the materials she uses when combined with the interplay of light. Each piece is designed and handcrafted to be beautiful when turned on and off. Much like the path to starting her own business, her pieces are a juxtaposition of simple and complex, and today, Gabriella is sharing more about her journey into business and the poignant lessons learned along the way. –Sabrina