Fred Uhl Ball was born in Oakland, California in 1945. His mother, Kathryn Uhl, was an illustrator and enamelist who taught life drawing at Mills College and his father, F. Carlton Ball, was a ceramist who headed the art department at Mills. His grandfather, George Uhl, was a silversmith.
This family influence and involvement in the arts inspired him to explore fine art in his youth. By the age of 11 he had exhibited his work and given enameling demonstrations at the California State Fair.
He received his bachelors and masters in fine art from Sacramento State University. He lived and worked in Sacramento.
In September 1985 he was robbed and beaten outside of his studio. He died three months later from injuries sustained during the attack. (bio from Wikipedia)