YAG powders and coatings were developed for the first time by a novel precursor plasma spraying technique using the radio frequency (RF) induction plasma technique. The XRD of the as -sprayed coating confirms the presence of YAG, H-YAP or O-YAP or a mixture of the above depending on the spray conditions. 27Al MAS NMR of the YAG coating corroborates the x-ray results. TEM studies on the coatings confirm that the coating consists of nano-structured particles. The successful spraying of these complex oxide coatings proves that chemistry of phase formation can be controlled in the plasma, thus opening up new avenues in material synthesis.