In 1951 Fong Chow completed a program at the Boston Museum School, majoring in ceramics, with a minor in painting and photography. He then was accepted into the ceramic program at Alfred University. Around 1952 he was hired by Glidden Pottery in Alfred in the role of designer and glaze developer. Some of his Glidden Pottery designs won him a Museum of Modern Art coveted "Good Design" award. After Glidden Pottery closed in 1958, Chow accepted a job at the Metrolitan MAuseum of Art as assistant curator of ceramics in the Asian Department. As his career proressed at the Metroplitan, he maintained his own ceramic studio.