About

Balakrishna Vallepu / Balu

India Bangalore potter potters pottery yogam Yelahanka

I obtained an MBA from ESC Dijon (France), and moved on to become a kindergarten teacher in Berlin (Germany), post which I worked in a corporate role in Stuttgart (Germany). After living and working in Germany for more than 12 years, I decided to transform my passion for yoga and clay into my professions.


In 2017, I earned a certificate to practice as a Hatha yoga teacher from Shiva Yoga Peeth, Rishikesh (India), and another from Kaivalyadham, Lonavala (India). I also acquired a certification as a Yoga instructor from the Government of India.


My pottery career started with an internship at Banana Pottery (Goa, India). More important than learning pottery, it was there that I learnt the timeless lesson of “it is never too late to learn something new”. I also discovered a new-found fascination for clay and how soul soothing working with clay can be. I was merely curious about clay when I started, but stayed on to become a potter because I fell in love with the versatility of clay. In September 2018, Yogam pottery studio was set up. Yogam means the act of doing without expecting and by setting up a studio in a city like Bangalore, I would like to provide a space for many others who might want to experience the magic of working with clay. 

My Work

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The pursuit of beauty is an important focus in everything I do. My design aesthetic is simple, traditional, sometimes with a contemporary twist. I like design challenges and celebrating the unique. Hence, most of my pieces are usually one-time pieces. You can buy some of my pieces by clicking on the following links


 www.instagram.com/yogampottery/ 


 www.etsy.com/in-en/shop/yogampottery 


www.worldartcommunity.com/shops/yogam-pottery


 You can also call or message me, or drop by to buy my creations. 


My Philosophy

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“LIVE AS IF YOU WERE TO DIE TOMORROW. LEARN AS IF YOU WERE TO LIVE FOREVER.”

– Mahatma Gandhi 


My philosophy is to mould a life according to one's own terms, in the pursuit of beauty, tranquillity, and individuality. Learning is a never ending process and its never too late to learn anything in life. 


I believe that striving is a reward in itself and I trust that the universe is beautiful and bountiful when one follows one's passion. 


Being a yoga instructor, I find pottery and creation to be particularly meditative and relaxing. I like to think that my pieces imbibe this peace and calm, and transmute tranquility and beauty to my buyers.