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 They were originally made of ceramics but have also been made of glass or porcelain, commonly in a round shape with an angled exterior ridged surface.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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Friday, April 17, 2015

Gellibrand Pottery

Jon and Alda Hubbard
Jon and Alda Hubbard
Stamped (impressed) “Gellibrand Australia” to outer edge of flat base.
Glazed Earthenware
Gloss glazed earthenware bowl with unglazed flat circular base. Abstract floral design to internal and external surface of bowl. Light cream / grey under glaze over painted by hand.   Pink band around mid-outside of bowl with grey border.  Pink band around top rim of bowl.
Very Good
No number
Production Date
Late 1980s
Width at rim
Width at Base
Length (with handle)
Salvo Stores. Kilsyth, Victoria
18th April 2015
Rameking Reference Number
Hub 001-004

These earthenware ramekins were made by the Gellibrand Pottery around the late 1980s.  More of a bowl than a ramekins, the handle is fixed horizontally to the rim, making it qualify by my definition.  The decoration is a hand painted floral pattern, partly stencilled on both the inside and outside of the bowl.  The handle is a twisted extruded strap pressed onto the outside of the rim.

Alda Hubbard

Jon Hubbard
Gellibrand Pottery was a family partnership between Jon and Alda Hubbard, established on the 7th of January 2000. (ABN 19 445 482 657).  They were located on Old Beech Forrest Road in Gellibrand in the Otway region near Colac in Victoria.  They still live there today.  The area is an electoral district named after Joseph Gellibrand, (1792-1837) an early pioneer of Melbourne, Victoria.  He disappeared on an exporation and his remains have never been found.  Although the Gellibrand Pottery business was de-registered on the 24th of July 2000, there are still many references to them on many business websites, even though they have not operated for some time.  There was more than one stamp used over the life of the pottery.

They had exhibited at some city galleries before commencing at Gellibrand and are reported as showing at Gallery 180 at 180 Toorak Road in South Yarra and Distelfink at 432 Burwood Road in suburban Hawthorn in 1980.  This was described thus “Perhaps on a more functional note, the selection of kitchenware thrown and painted by Jon and Alda Hubbard should appeal”.  They are now teaching Visual Arts at Trinty College Colac and Alda exhibits paintings at the Gellibrand River Gallery and more recently two paintings at the Apollo Bay Art Show, “Otway Tapestry” and “Trout.”   Both are now involved with charitable works.

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