Ramekin is thought to come from a Dutch word for "toast" or the German for "little cream."




Ramequin, Ramekin dish.


(ramə kin)[RAM-ih-kihn]ræməkin


English Noun




A type of dish




French Ramequin from Low German ramken, diminutive of cream, circa 1706. middle Dutch rammeken (cheese dish) dialect variant of rom (cream), similar to old English ream and German rahm. Ancient French cookbooks refer to ramekins as being garnished fried bread.


1. A food mixture, (casserole) specifically a preparation of cheese, especially with breadcrumbs and/or eggs or unsweetened pastry baked on a mould or shell.

2. With a typical volume of 50-250 ml (2-8 oz), it is a small fireproof glass or earthenware individual dish similar in size and shape to a cup, or mould used for cooking or baking and serving sweet or savoury foods.

3. Formerly the name given to toasted cheese; now tarts filled with cream cheese.

4. A young child usually between the ages of 3 months and 11 years exhibiting a compulsion to force or "ram" their head into various objects and structures.

These days, a ramekin is generally regarded as a small single serve heatproof serving bowl used in the preparation or serving of various food dishes, designed to be put into hot ovens and to withstand high temperatures. They were originally made of ceramics but have also been made of glass or porcelain, commonly in a round shape with an angled exterior ridged surface. Ramekins have more lately been standardized to a size with a typical volume of 50-250 ml (2-8 ounce) and are now used for serving a variety of sweet and savoury foods, both entrée and desert.

They are also an attractive addition to the table for serving nuts,dips and other snacks. Because they are designed to hold a serving for just one person, they are usually sold in sets of four, six, or eight. Ramekins now are solid white, round, with a fluted texture covering the outside, and a small lip. Please bear in mind that whatever you ask for them on Internet auction sites, someone is still getting the same thing in an op shop for peanuts.

However, there are hundreds of decorative ramekins that came in a variety of shapes and sizes. They came in countless colours and finishes and many were made by our leading artists and ceramicists. My collection has ramekins with One handle only, fixed to the body at one point only. If it has no handle, it is a bowl. If it has two, it is a casserole dish. But the glory day of the Australian Studio Art ramekin is well and truly over. See some here, ask questions or leave answers.

P.S. Remember, just as real men don't eat quiche, real ramekins don't have lids or two handles. Also remember, two handles makes it a casserole dish. Also, please note If it aint got a handle, it's just a bowl.

P.P.S. To all you cretins who advertise your ramekins by associating them with "Eames" or "Eames Era". Get your hand off it, you are not kidding anyone. The Eames people have told me that they never made ramekins.

P.P.P.s To all the illiterates out there in cyberspace, just as there is no "I" in team, there is no "G" in Ramekin. I am the Rameking, they are ramekins.

If you have a set of Grandma's ramekins at the back of a kitchen cupboard, have a look through the site, maybe you will identify them. Thank-you for looking.

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Friday, July 9, 2010




Jedda Pottery


“F” underglaze on one with “.” On all. The maker's name, "Jedda" is no longer visible, but would have originally been a paper stamp adhered to the base.


Off white slipware with faux aboriginal motifs in earthy brown background with black and white line drawings to inside of bowl. Closed ended cylindrical handle, upturned slightly on the outer end.


Production Date

Around 1960





Length (with handle)



150gm 5.1/4 oz




“The Collector” auctions Murrumbeena

Beautiful set of 6 well made studio pottery ramekins, made in Australia, circa 1960s, by Jedda. On the Monday 3rd January 1954 the world premier of the film “Jedda” took place in Darwin, Northern Territory. Released by Columbia, it was Australia’s first colour film. While the film got huge publicity, Jedda pottery did not. Arriving in Sydney after the film, Jedda pottery was set up to cash in on the success of the film. Established in Sydney’s Neutral Bay in 1955, it was one of the numerous works that did not last past the 1960s, which was longer than many.

They have superb faux Aboriginal motif designs in an earthy brown setting with stylized animal and human figures. They are in excellent condition, with age related crazing but no chips or cracks. One has a bee sting chip to the base. These fake aboriginal designs were popular on a range of homewares and tourist items in the sixties and are experiencing a revival lately. Aboriginal motifs were popular in Australia during the fifties and sixties. These patterns were the closest most Australians came to anything to do with the indigenous culture. Just what the Aboriginal people think of these unauthorized uses of their cultural images has been well reported over the past few years.

Some people think that these designs were painted by Daisy Merton. I do not. She certainly decorated much of their output but these are neither her colour or style.

1 comment:

  1. My husband, James Merton grandson of Daisy Merton believes that these were her designs.