Common Cause: John Ruskin, Japan & Mingei (The Folk Craft Tradition)

15 May– 5 August 2019

Special offer for Arts Society Members: In the bicentenary year of his birth, Arts Society Members can enjoy £1 off standard admission price (usually £8.70 for adults) when they present their membership card at the entrance. Valid until 31 December, the offer also includes entry to Incandescence: Turner in Venice(on until 4 August), which showcases a range of the artist’s oil and watercolour paintings.


In 2019,  Ruskin’s bicentenary year Brantwood celebrates Ruskin’s influence on the Japanese Arts and Crafts movement, stimulated by Ruskin’s writings and the impact made on the figure who galvanised Japanese craftsmen and patrons, intellectuals and retailers into creating the Mingei craft movement; Yanagi Soetsu (1889-1961). To mark the occasion and the launch of Common Cause, the Japanese Urasenke foundation visited Brantwood to conduct a Japanese Tea Ceremony, this was followed by a talk by Tomoo Hamada about his grandfather, renowned potter Shoji Hamada.

Common Cause features pots from the Mingei (folk crafts) tradition and its Ruskin connections including work by Ogata Kenzan, Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leach, Tomoo Hamada, Edward Hughes, Martin Miles Moore and Geoffrey Whiting, with calligraphy by Mitsuko Takahashi.

Potter Martin Miles-Moore will demonstrate the creation of Japanese Tea Ware at 11am, 2pm and 3pm. Included in admission.


Caption: Ogata Kenzan (1663 – 1743) dish 18th C


Further information:
  • Open daily 10.30 am to 5.00 pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays during mid November to mid March, as well as Christmas & Boxing day
  • Admission is included in the house & garden ticket- £8.70 for adults, £7.00 for students and free for children (16 and under); Admission to the gardens only is £6.20 for adults £5.00 for students and free for children (16 and under).
  • Location Brantwood, Coniston,  Cumbria  LA21 8AD
  • For more information please call  015394 41396; email: