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 They were originally made of ceramics but have also been made of glass or porcelain, commonly in a round shape with an angled exterior ridged surface.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, January 11, 2011

Lorrant Studio

Lorrant Studio
Incised “Lorrant Studio” to base
Small bowl with upswept spoon shaped handle. Harlequin interior glaze with clear matte overglaze glaze.
Production Date
Length (with handle)
Prahran Antique Market

June Dyson, 20.11.1918, 28.07.2004
June spent her early years in Tennyson Street St Kilda (an inner suburb of Melbourne) and enjoyed the social scene thanks to her socialite mother Mrs (Edward) Dyson. Her father, Edward Dyson was a successful poet and author and her uncle Bill, a well known political cartoonist and the Australian Government's official war artist during the First World War.

In her early 20s, she commenced studying pottery at the Royal Melbourne Technical College (now RMIT) under the legendary John Barnard Knight and Klytie Pate. The Dyson Pottery studio was based in Melbourne, but in 1958, she opened another studio in Gembrook in the Dandenong Ranges. The area was a favourite amongst potters. William Ricketts had worked in the area for decades. These pieces are both incised with "Lorrant Studio" and are press moulded, mostly in good condition with a few glaze bubble spots from firing and some minor wear marks.

Lorrant is, according to Ford, her maiden name. It was actually Dyson, so where “Lorrant” comes from, I do not know. This mark was only used at the start of her career in 1945 and changed to “Dyson Studios” in the late 1940s. June formed a working, as well as a personal partnership with her scientist husband Colin who became the company's Business Director. It was June's second son Andy, who showed most interest in the pottery, helping out in her studios from his early twenties.

June produced thousands of items, some plain, like these ramekins, some decorated, like the cornflower pattern on another post. Slightly rough and ready style are indicative of Dyson's studioware. June continued her own work until the late 1980s, but continued with the Warrandyte potters almost until her death.

Her son, Robert (Andy) Gordon began working on his own as a potter in 1979 and the successful Robert Gordon Pottery continues today near Pakenham in Melbourne’s outer south east.

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