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 They were originally made of ceramics but have also been made of glass or porcelain, commonly in a round shape with an angled exterior ridged surface.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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Saturday, February 18, 2012

T G Green & Co Ltd


Not Australian , but if it wasn't for Australian money back in the gold rush days, they may not have been made.  More accurately described as a single serve dish for butter or jam, these small ramekins were made by the T. G. Green Potteries, located in the town of Church Gresley near Swadlincote, Derbyshire famous for its Cornishware and Domino brands.  They are stamped “Haddon Hall”, a medieval manor house and now home of the Manners family, the Dukes of Rutland. Bakewell, Derbyshire Peak District.  Formerly the home of the Vernons, it is located in the Peak District by the River Wye near Bakewell, Derbyshire. Minton and Johnson potteries also produced ranges named “Haddon Hall”. 

There were ten potteries were in operation in and around Church Gresley  in the 19th Century.  This pottery was originally set up by a Mr. Leedham in the 1790s and continued by William and Joseph Bourne, it was then bought by Henry Wileman in 1851. The pottery was then sold by Henry to Thomas Goodwin Green in 1864.
Thomas Goodwin Green had been a sucessful builder in Austraila but when he heard his childhood sweetheart was prepared to reconcider marrage he retuned to Britain and sucessfully pursued her.  Whilst on honeymoon in 1864 at Scarborough he met Henry Wileman the owner of a small pottery in the Derbyshire village of Church Gresley.  Mr Wileman was getting old and was looking to sell his pottery and retire.  Thomas used the money from the sale of his Australian business to purchase the pottery,

Church Gresley was named from 'Gresele', the original spelling of a grassy clearing on top of a hill, surrounded by forest, at the village's creation in 1086, not to be confused with the German company of Grizelle.  Church Gresley is a village and former civil parish in the South Derbyshire district of Derbyshire, England. The village is very close to the town of Swadlincote, and between Swadlincote and Castle Gresley. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 4,805. Church Gresley and Castle Gresley are both parts of the region known as Gresley.
Their pottery was located about 35 miles from Stoke on Trent, the centre of pottery making in the U.K.  The factory relied on self-sufficiency by employing an entire workforce to produce its own brick clay, extracting coal from its own land and operating a lime-kiln built to manufacture its own lime mortar.  As well as the labour employed in the milling of raw materials, craftsmen such as carpenters and blacksmiths were employed to help making stilts, glazes and kiln furniture.  As the business grew, Thomas formed a partnership with Henry William King and the company remained in the hands of the Green and King families until 1965.
 The pottery then went into administration.  They were bought out by a London based finacier in 1967 who sold it on the following year to Mr Pat H Freeman who continued to run the business producing its trade mark blue and white Cornishware.
Greens were later bought out by Mason, Cash & Co. who were established in 1901 by Thomas Cash who retained the 'Mason' name of the previous owner. The business was incorporated as Mason, Cash & Co. Ltd in 1941 and continued to produce its utilitarian wares throughout the Second World War. The share capital of the company was purchased by A. B. Merriam in 1973 and in February 1986 the company acquired Cauldon Potteries Ltd and the rights to the 'Royal Cauldon' name from T. Brown & Son Ltd. of the Ferrybridge Pottery at Knottingly, Yorkshire.
In 2001 the company purchased T. G. Green & Co. Ltd, but by 2004 it faced receivership and in April 2004 Mason Cash & Co. Ltd (including T. G. Green & Co. Ltd) were purchased by The Tabletop Company forming the ‘Tabletop Group’. Both Mason Cash and T. G. Green continued to operate under their own names within the Group.

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