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 They were originally made of ceramics but have also been made of glass or porcelain, commonly in a round shape with an angled exterior ridged surface.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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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Elischer Cottonware (2)

John Eischer
Elischer John junior (aka Wolly)
Incised to base “Cottonware by Elischer”
Triangular bowl with rounded corners, tapering towards base. Short square handle. Olive green light gloss overglaze with original white slipware showing through on the edges.
Set of eight.
Production Date
Possibly late 1960s or early 1970s
100mm 3.15/16”
40mm 1.5/8”
Length (with handle)
140mm 4.11/16”
Adelaide Antique Market 2009
Elischer Pottery was started in Sandringham in 1947 by well known sculptor John (Johann Wolfgang) Elischer (1891-1966) and his son, also named John. John (Snr) was born in Vienna and studied in Paris (1910-1911) under the even more famous August Rodin. After serving with the Austro-Hungarian forces in World War 1, he practiced as a sculptor in Vienna. He was also an associate of the Royal Academy.
John migrated to Australia in 1935. While living in Douglas Street Toorak in 1951, John won the 200 guinea prize for a design for a jubilee medal for Australian Primary School and pre school children Some of his notable sculptures are busts of Archbishop Daniel Mannix and Television great Graham Kennedy.
In 1946 Huntley Pottery in Glenhuntly began making slip cast items designed by John Elischer. The business continues today as “Unique Ceramics” at 280- 282 Bay Rd, Cheltenham, Victoria. You probably have some of their stuff without knowing it. Have a look at the bottom of that ceramic port bottle of beer stein from the Dandenong Octoberfest. In 2002, Elischer Street in Canberra was named in his honour.
Some Cottonware may have been made for the export market because it was incised “Elischer Australia”. Previously, such as these were simply incised “Elischer”.

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