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 They were originally made of ceramics but have also been made of glass or porcelain, commonly in a round shape with an angled exterior ridged surface.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, June 2, 2012

Holly Hobbie

Holly Hobbie
WWA inc.
Stamp to base “Holly Hobbie Country Living Collection Stoneware and Ovenproof  WWA Inc MCMLXXXI Cleveland USA 44144 Made in Korea”
Heavy stoneware lozenge bowl with knob handled lid and long perforated closed ended knob handle Cream glaze to interior and exterior, unglazed flat base. Decal of Holly Hobbie character to exterior side of bowl with various homily sayings on side.
Very good
No number
Production Date
Width at rim
Width at Base
Length (with handle)
Ramekin 415gm, Lid 160gm.
1 on E-Bay 1 Jun 2012,
1 at Vinnies Oakleigh 30 May 2012
Rameking Reference Number

These ramekins were made for Holly Hobbie, a creation of Denise Holly Ulinskas born in 1944.  In 1964 she married author Douglas Hobbie and now lives in Conway, Massachusetts, USA.  She began drawing profile views of a little girl in a bonnet and rural style dress around 1968.  For many years she was a contract artist at the curiously named Humerous Planning Department at American Greeting Corporation Incorporated based in Brooklyn Ohio.  The character became very, very popular and a line of greeting cards soon followed.  Later the character was marketed under license in many ways by dozens of different companies, hence these ramekins.  She also authored the popular “Toot and Puddle’ series of books.  Holly Hobbie merchandise is now very collectable.

Look up Wikipedia for the (almost) full story and for much more detail, go to   www.hollyhobbieworld.com  For their ramekins, read on because they are part of their Country Living Collection that included various Canisters, a Teapot, Milk Jugs, Casserole Dishes, Tea & Coffee Cups, Egg Cups; Lidded Butter Dish, Salt Cellar, Salt & Pepper Shakers, (the ramekins also came with soup tureen (crock))

It appears that their range of this type of dinnerware was made between 1973 and 1982. As mentioned earlier, like many companies in America at the time, Holly Hobby licensed their products.  Anchor Hocking for their Ironstone and glassware, Chilton Globe for their cookware.  Anchor Hocking is still around, but Chilton Globe had a number of brands associated with them that have now all lapsed.  Chilton Globe (Far East) Ltd.  Hong Kong was established on the 4th of August 1971 and dissolved on the 11th of April 2003.  The Chilton Globe trademark is now owned from 30th May 1992 by Strombecker Corporation.  I think that their stuff was actually manufactured by the Chaozhou Chinaware Factory, Fenxi, Chaozhao, China.

These ramekins were made by WWA Incorporated.  It appears that they were sub-contracted yet again to a Korean maker as the design and making is similar to other Korean or Japanese ramekins.  The backstamp says “Made in Korea”.  The premier Korean manufacturer at the time was Haeng Nan who also made for Ji Stoneware.  The slip appears similar.

WWA inc stands for “World Wide Art Incorporated” an American company from Cleveland Ohio, USA who manufactured for Hollie Hobbie in the Republic of China, Japan and Korea during the 1970s and 80s, producing a variety of collectable ceramics including these ramekins. 

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