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. Before moving to London to study at the Royal College of Art, 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 practice is currently studio-based, where he continues to research and develop glazes as well as seeking new thrown forms.