Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Kevin Dean Ramler

An Outstanding Islander

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A ‘Play On’ Ceramics

While sitting at his potter’s wheel, Kevin Dean Ramler combines his passion for music and ceramics through the creation of playable art pieces. Ramler, a graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts program, designs objects ranging from small traditional instruments meant to be played in a musical context to large-scale sculptures that have several interpretations of functional ceramics, sculpture, craft, and music. Each piece Ramler creates is one-of-a-kind. Ramler usually spends four to five weeks crafting his pieces using goat skin to create drum heads and piano wire for guitar strings, along with various other elements.

“I want people to play my instruments and enjoy them in their daily lives,” said Ramler, a native of Combine, Texas.

After Ramler received his Bachelors of Fine Arts with emphasis in ceramics from Sul Ross State University in 2010, he decided to pursue his MFA at the Island University.
“Once I saw Louis Katz’s work, I knew I had to study with him,” said Ramler.

Studying at the University, Ramler says, has helped him improve the quality of his work both technically and ascetically and assisted him in gaining valuable professional and networking skills.

Since discovering ceramics, Ramler has been very involved in the South Texas art community.

“I have been fortunate enough to show my work many times in Corpus Christi,” he said. “The art scene here is really blossoming and it is exciting to be a part of that.”

He has also shown his work in Rockport and The Woodlands. During the Rockport Rising Eyes of Texas Student Juried Show, Ramler was awarded second place for his work. Most recently, Ramler held a solo exhibit titled “Play On” at Lone Star College-Montgomery.

On the national level, Ramler currently serves as Student Director-At-Large on the Board of Directors for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). 

While there are many steps that must be taken to produce the finished ceramics products, the process is rewarding process.

“I always tell my students you have to be careful when you take a ceramics class,” said Ramler. “It might take a hold of you and change your life for the better.”


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