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 They were originally made of ceramics but have also been made of glass or porcelain, commonly in a round shape with an angled exterior ridged surface.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

There are many of you out there that have knowledge of Australian pottery. Please let me know if you have anything that I can add to the notes. It is important to get the information recorded. You probably know something that nobody else does.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Jeannette Glass Company
“Glasbake” moulded into banner logo to base.  “U.S.A. Microwave Safe” to base
Press moulded milk glass bowl  curving inwards to footring base.  Stem handle with knob end.
Production Date
Between 1961 and 1973
Length (with handle)
Salvo Store, Noble Park, Vic. 18-Oct-2011
Rameking Reference Number
GLA 001
GLA 002

Originally, Glasbake ramekins were made from borosilicate glass. The composition was changed for some products to tempered soda lime glass that is now the most common form of glass used in glass bakeware and has a higher mechanical strength so is less vulnerable to breakage when dropped (the leading cause of breakage in glass bakeware).    It began producing under the “Glasbake” brand to compete with PYREX, although it was originally advertised as “Glasbak”.

They were made in the town of Jeannette Pennsylvania, once the worlds’ largest glass manufacturer, thanks to a deposit of natural gas, discovered by salt miners.  Shifting world markets means that now only two glass-makers are left; St George Crystal, producing giftware, tableware, lighting components, projection television components, bowls, chandeliers and Christmas ornaments; and; Jeannette Specialty Glass.

These ramekins are made from a glass-ceramic.  The manufacture of this material involves a process of controlled crystallization.  NASA classifies it as a “Glass-Ceramic” product.  Glass-ceramic materials share many properties with both glass and ceramics.  They have an amorphous phase and one or more crystalline phases and are produced by a “controlled crystallization” in contrast to a spontaneous crystallization, which is usually not wanted in glass manufacturing.   Glass-ceramics usually have between 30% [m/m] and 90% [m/m] crystallinity and yield an array of materials with interesting thermomechanical properties.

Glass-ceramics are mostly produced in two steps: First, glass is formed by a glass manufacturing process.  The glass is cooled down and is then reheated in a second step.  In this heat treatment, the glass partly crystallizes.  In most cases nucleation agents are added to the base composition of the glass-ceramic.  These nucleation agents aid and control the crystallization process. Because there is usually no pressing and sintering, glass-ceramics have, unlike sintered ceramics, no pores.  A wide variety of glass-ceramic systems exists, e.g. the Li2O x Al2O3 x nSiO2-System (LAS-System), the MgO x Al2O3 x nSiO2-System (MAS-System), the ZnO x Al2O3 x nSiO2-System (ZAS-System), glass-ceramics made of Lithium-Disilicate and machinable glass-ceramics with Phlogopite as basic system.  (Thanks Mr Wikipedia for that last bit)

The McKee Glass Company was founded in 1843 (As McKee and Brothers Glass) in Pittsburgh, PA. The company was eventually purchased by Jeannette Glass in 1961. McKee Glass not only made items under its own name but also produced under the "Glasbake" name. The Jeannette Bottle Works Company was established by the Crock family in 1887, and got its start producing hand made bottles, in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. Originally known as the Jeannette Shade and Novelty Company.  In 1898 the Jeannette Bottle Works was succeeded by the Jeannette Glass Company.  The Crock family owned the company until 1976 when Ted and Kathleen Sarniak purchased it.

With the advent of the O’Neill semi-automatic bottle-blowing machine in 1899, Jeannette soon found itself producing wide mouth jars, relishes and other useful pressed glass items like automobile headlamp lenses.  In 1970 Jeannette Glass Co. became Jeanette Corporation.  From its opening until the early 1900s the company focused on making handcrafted wide mouth bottles, dishes, automobile headlight lenses, druggist bottles, and pickling / canning jars. In 1917 Jeanette expanded its operations to include prism glass, which neatly lead to creating depression era kitchen pieces for which the company is still known. 

By 1904 the company was involved in producing items for medical and home use. Jeannette continued to grow and expand and by 1924 they began producing the lovely tableware we call Depression Glass today. This innovative company was one of the forerunners in producing the machine made, colored pressed glassware, we call Depression Glass today.  Many of the Depression Glass patterns that we know and love today were produced by the Jeannette Glass Company.

Some of the more popular patterns produced were Adam, Anniversary, Cherry Blossom, Doric, Doric and Pansy, Floral Poinsettia, Floragold, and Iris.  Jeannette established its hold on the kitchen item market early in the Depression Era, designing and producing many kitchen items in pink, green, crystal, and ultramarine. They were one of the major producers of Jadite and Delphite Glassware. Many of the most desirable Depression Glass kitchen items were made by The Jeannette Glass Company. 

After the War the Jeannette Glass Company, like many others, experienced a slow down.  In 1961 Thatcher Glass purchased the firm, later changing the name to Jeannette Corporation Not all of Jeannette’s glassware bore a maker’s mark. The vast majority that did were various kitchen glasses.  The mark to look for is a square or triangle with a capital J in the middle.  In 1969 they acquired Royal China and Harker Pottery and continued to produce glassware for both wholesale and retail businesses until 1983 when the Company closed its doors.

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