Barbara Pintoro's Profile

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Known as Bythebaroness (my business name) - because I have an eye for regal and elegant collectibles, as well as wonderful goodies that are just plain fun! Come see what's up with The Baroness - you are sure to have a good time!

Educated at SUNY Stony Brook, NY in Business Administration with a minor in journalism, my first position was as the only female technical writer in a civilian capacity for the US Navy. Think of the movie Top Gun! I wrote about parachutes, ejection seats for fighter aircraft used by the Blue Angels, and survival equipment. For a short time, was a reporter for a NY newspaper and would cover local stories on Long Island. It was an exciting time since you never knew what might happen next.

It was not until 2004, when my husband of over 30 years suddenly passed away from cancer and I was alone raising our…

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  • Born on April 4
  • Joined April 10, 2010

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About

Known as Bythebaroness (my business name) - because I have an eye for regal and elegant collectibles, as well as wonderful goodies that are just plain fun! Come see what's up with The Baroness - you are sure to have a good time!

Educated at SUNY Stony Brook, NY in Business Administration with a minor in journalism, my first position was as the only female technical writer in a civilian capacity for the US Navy. Think of the movie Top Gun! I wrote about parachutes, ejection seats for fighter aircraft used by the Blue Angels, and survival equipment. For a short time, was a reporter for a NY newspaper and would cover local stories on Long Island. It was an exciting time since you never knew what might happen next.

It was not until 2004, when my husband of over 30 years suddenly passed away from cancer and I was alone raising our son, that I turned my creative endeavors to lampwork glass making and jewelry design. Previously I had dabbled with painting, sculpture, needlework and other fine arts, but glass proved to be what made my heart sing. Glass bead making helped me heal, although one never truly recovers from the loss of your soul mate. By making glass beads it brings back memories of the times we shared in creative activities as well as planting our gardens and vegetables, or traveling to see new things, and enjoying watching our beautiful son and only child growing and learning about the world. It was a time when I realized how short and fragile life can be, and somehow through the glass - which is very delicate but can be forged into something hard and permanent - I was looking for that emotional place where I could put into perspective all the grief and sorrow I was going through and push through to still find happiness in the world.

It is ironic that my first job was writing about survival equipment for the military - and I found my own survival in my glass work.

Hope you enjoy the pieces I have on display and if you do choose to buy one of my creations I know it will add joy and a zest for life to your designs and creative efforts.

Love life, love people, and live in each precious moment denying yourself of nothing and you will have no regrets.

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