From the Orangeville Citizen:
Dufferin County Museum and Archives (DCMA) will celebrate the famous Corn Flower glassware pattern at its Annual Corn Flower Festival this Sunday, June 7.
Pete and Lois (Hughes) Kayser, the owners and former operators of the WJ Hughes Corn Flower Company will be on hand to answer Corn Flower questions and visitors will be able to meet Krista Taylor, author of the “Canadian Identification & Price Guide to W. J. Hughes Corn Flower Glass” and Wayne Townsend, DCMA Curator and author of “Corn Flower – Creatively Canadian”.
Also planned for the day are ‘share sessions’, a consignment sale, live auction of Corn Flower glassware, and presentations focusing on you, the collector!
From the Orangeville Citizen:
How does Dufferin celebrate its heritage? Traditionally, by involving the entire community and by celebrating all year long! The staff of the Dufferin County Museum and Archives are looking forward to 2009. Why? Because they are planning events and programs for the whole community for the whole year to celebrate their 15th anniversary at the site on Airport Road in Mulmur Township.
To start, the entire facility will have new exhibits for 2009. First, opening in February, Corn Flower:, “Decades of Design” will feature the DCMA’s nationally known W. J. Hughes Corn Flower collection showcased with fashion items dating from the early 1920s to the 1980s. The exhibit features everything from sleek geometric deco to the free form styles of the swinging 1960s.
From the Georgetown Independent & Free Press:
Archives celebrates the famous Corn Flower glassware pattern at its annual Corn Flower Festival, this Sunday (June 8).
Pete and Lois (Hughes) Kayser, the owners and former operators of the W.J. Hughes Corn Flower Company will be on hand to answer questions on Corn Flower. Meet Krista Taylor, author of the Canadian Identification & Price Guide to W. J. Hughes Corn Flower Glass, and Wayne Townsend, DCMA curator and author of Corn Flower – Creatively Canadian.
From the St. Thomas Times-Journal:
There was a time when corn flower glass products were as common in households as pocket change in Canada.
“It was the most common shower, anniversary or wedding gift given from the 1940s to the 1960s,” said Pat Zimmer, curator of the Aylmer and District Museum.
An extensive collection of corn flower glass creations opened recently at the museum.
The history of the collection owned by Michelle Addley, a volunteer at the museum, traces back to the Hoshal family sale held in Springfield several years ago.
Evelyn Hoshal’s daughter, Dianna Brethour, asked the museum to assemble a sale of her corn flower glass collection, before she moved to Terrace Lodge.
“While helping with the organization of items for the sale, Michelle fell in love with two corn flower fan glass candlewick vases,” Zimmer said. “Unfortunately, Dianna decided to keep the vases and Michelle began her search for duplicates.”
That was in 2003 and, since then, Addley has collected more than 300 corn flower pieces in various patterns.
It was a Canadian, W.J. Hughes, who created the patterns for corn flower glass while working as a glass cutter for Rodan Cut Glass in Toronto.
CandlewickGlassAndMore.com is a web site I came across the other day that is entirely a picture gallery. It isn’t really that great looking right now, but there are a fair number of pictures. The owner of the site described it this way:
This will be a work in process for sometime as i will try and add some pictures each day . If you see anything that I have made a mistake on please let me know and will correct.
This is being done with the new Candlewick Buyer and Collector in mind since there is so much new Look-A-Like glass entering the USA each day. later on will do a comparison of different items side by side.
There is a section on Hughes Cornflower as well…
The other day one of my cornflower alerts sent me to the Kijiji website where it appears someone in Moncton, ON is selling some of their Hughes Corn Flower:
I’m an avid collector of Hughes Corn flower and would like to sell my extra’s. I have candlewick, clear & colored items for sale. Please contact me if you are interested. Pictures available.
The November 2006 issue of the Ruby Lane newsletter has an article by Elaine of Everlasting Treasures about her experiences collecting Hughes Corn Flower:
During my first visit to the Dufferin County Museum and Archives in Ontario, Canada and viewing their outstanding collection of W. J. Hughes Corn Flower glass, I realized – I was hooked! I became fascinated with is amazing glass. And I wanted to learn more about the glass and the man who created it.