Artist Search
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 

 Frederick Carlton Ball  (1911 - 1992)

About: Frederick Carlton Ball


Examples of his work


Quick facts

Exhibits - current  


  Book references Magazine references pre-2007  

Discussion board

Signature Examples*  
Buy and Sell: Frederick Carlton Ball
  For sale ads

Auction results*


Wanted ads

Auctions upcoming for him*  


Auction sales graphs*  

What's my art worth?

Magazine ads pre-1998*  

Market Alert - Free

Lived/Active: California/Washington      Known for: Studio ceramics, teaching, illustration, enameling, mural

Login for full access
View AskART Services

*may require subscription

Available for Frederick Carlton Ball:

Quick facts (Styles, locations, mediums, teachers, subjects, geography, etc.) (Frederick Ball)


Biographical information (Frederick Ball)


Book references (Frederick Ball)


Artwork Wanted (Frederick Ball)


Dealers (Frederick Ball)


Auction records - upcoming / past (Frederick Ball)


Auction high record price (Frederick Ball)


Analysis of auction sales (Frederick Ball)


Discussion board entries (Frederick Ball)


Image examples of works (Frederick Ball)


Please send me Alert Updates for Frederick Carlton Ball (free)
What is an alert list?

Ad Code: 4
AskART Artist
from Auction House Records.
Wax Resist Stoneware Bowl
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Fred Ball was born in Oakland, California in 1945. His father F. Carlton Ball (1911 – 1992) was a prominent and well-regarded ceramist, author, and educator and his mother Kathryn Uhl Ball (1910 – 2000) was an accomplished illustrator and enamelist. From a very early age, he studied enameling with his mother and by the time he was twelve years old, he was demonstrating enameling technique at the California State Fair in Sacramento. After spending several years abroad between 1966 and 1969, participating in the "World Campus Afloat" program at Chapman College, he returned to his beloved city of Sacramento and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the California State University, Sacramento.

Ball is perhaps best known for the monumental mural he created between 1977 and 1979 on the side of a parking garage in downtown Sacramento. Comprised of more than 1,488 twelve-inch square enamel on copper tiles, all individually fired, this monumental 6 by 62 foot composition entitled The Way Home is a tribute to the city of Sacramento and to the delta region the artist so loved.

Fred Ball's remarkable compositions using unorthodox enameling techniques were enormously well-regarded in the enameling community. An inspiring teacher and supportive colleague, he helped fellow artists push the boundaries of their medium through his workshops as well as through his widely influential 1972 publication Experimental Techniques in Enameling.

Throughout his life, Ball produced a series of envelopes and letters made from thin sheets of copper which he enameled in a variety of colors and textures. These envelopes, variously configured – open, closed, torn, or sealed – were often presented as gifts to friends, acquaintances, and loved ones. Art critic, Victoria Dalkey, a close friend of the artist, aptly described these pieces as "fire-tongued tales of passion…discrete whispers full of delicate nuance. Like Emily Dickinson’s poems, they are his letters to the world."

Sadly, Fred Ball died in Sacramento in 1985 from injuries resulting from a mugging in the street behind his studio. While his life was cut short, his influence continues in the work of a generation of artists who were inspired by his experimental approach to enameling and his commitment to the expressive potential of the medium.

The Enamel Arts Foundation

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born April 2nd, 1911 in Sutter Creek, California, Frederick was a ceramicist, ceramics professor, and author of Making Pottery Without a Wheel.  He taught  ceramics for over 50 years at several different colleges including the University of Puget Sound, Mills College, California School of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin, and Southern Illinois University.  His work is included in over 500 galleries across the globe and in the Smithsonian.

He passed away on June 7th, 1992.

Information provided by Michael Mroczek, Michael Lawrence Modern & MBA Mroczek Auctioneers

** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at
  go to top home | site map | site terms | AskART services & subscriptions | contact | about us
  copyright © 2000-2014 AskART all rights reserved ® AskART and Artists' Bluebook are registered trademarks

  A |  B |  C |  D-E |  F-G |  H |  I-K |  L |  M |  N-P |  Q-R |  S |  T-V |  W-Z  
  frequently searched artists 1, 2, more...  
  art appraisals, art for sale, auction records, misc artists