He was trained at the Edinburgh School of Arts and later the Hanley School of Art. He designed for several potteries like Wedgewood and the Crescent Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent.
Many of his works were found in public buildings like libraries, municipal buildings and public baths. For instance he was responsible for the sculptural panels on the Staffordshire County Council Chambers in Stafford, Oxford Town Hall and municipal buildings in Crewe.
He was very inspired by the female figure, often classical in style that he recreated in his own organic Arts and Crafts style.
In 1888 he moved to London and was almost exclusively engaged in architectural sulpture, working in stoneware, plaster and terra cotta.
He played an important part in the movement that encouraged closer cooperation between architect and sculptor.
Frederick Schenck died in 1908 from influenza