Born and raised in Hong Kong, Yau moved to the United States with his family in his teens. He gained a BA in Ceramics at the California College of Art in 2017 Then he graduated at the Royal College of art in Ceramic and Glass in 2021. Before moving to London, he worked as an instructor at the American Museum of Ceramics Art and a studio technician at Pasadena City College.
Yau has been working with clay on the potter's wheel for thirteen years. His work focuses on the functionality of objects and the experience that craft brings into everyday life. He believes the creative process with clay captures an impulsive emotion with him on the potter’s wheel and an inner narrative at a particular moment. It is important for his work to bring visual sensations to the users and take part in their daily life. This motivates him to be a ceramic artist who strives to reveal the true self of clay and finds the best balance between material, potential users, and himself.
2019-2021 Royal College of Art, London, UK.
MA Ceramics and Glass
2014-2017 California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Ceramics
2021 Studio technician at Studio Pottery London
2017 - 2019 Instructor at American Museum of Ceramics Art
2017 - 2019 Studio technician at Pasadena City College
2015-2017 Vice President of California College of the Arts Ceramic Guild
Assisted in running events and activities in the ceramic studio student body
2016-2017 Ceramic Studio Technician
Work-Study in California College of the Art ceramics department
2021 ‘Metanoia’ - group exhibition at Cromwell Place
2021 ‘The Dinner Table’ - group exhibition at San Mei Gallery
2021 ‘Cabinet of Curiosity’ - group exhibition at Design Museum
2021 ‘Sketch’ - group exhibition at Sydney Mews
2020 ‘Sensation in Between’ at Arthill Gallery
2017 ‘One Cup’
Thesis exhibition for Bachelor in Fine Arts Ceramics at the California College of the Arts.
2017 California College of the Art 2017 Commencement Exhibition
2016-2017 Oakland Museum of Modern Art Popup Show
2015-2017 California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts (CCACA)
Lead the organization of the event and exhibited as a student with the California College of the Arts
Curated, organized and exhibited work with the California College of the Arts Ceramics Guild
2016 ‘Rocks and Socks’
Exhibited work with Faculty, Staff, and students from the California College of the Arts Ceramics Department
2015-2016 California College of the Arts Ceramics Guild Exhibition
Organization and participation in an exhibition of work created in the CCA ceramic studio
2015 ‘Rock, Silica, Soap Box Ceramics Exhibition’
Exhibited works created in the California College of the Arts ceramics studio with faculty, alumni, and peers from the department
2015 ‘Why Don’t You Trust me’
Social engagement project with small sculptures on the College Ave street in Oakland, CA
Pasadena City College Center of the Arts, Pasadena, CA, USA