After fourteen inches of rain the other day, I went outside to see if there were any photos I could take. Gary was on his way to do a few errands. I looked around and didn't see anything of note to document with my camera. Gary leaned out the window and said, was there anything. I said not a thing.
Just then out of my upper peripheral vision I detected a shadow and some movement. At that moment a huge vulture was flying very slowly just over the tops of the trees. He was having a hard time staying aloft because of his extremely wet feathers. He chose to land on our TV antenna which is about 25 feet tall. I love the pattern of his feathers. A vultures wing span can be up to 72 inches across. Lots of folks don't like the vultures or buzzards as they are often called, but they perform a great service by eating carrion and keeping the stench of dead animals from filling the air. A vulture can detect a dead animal more than a mile away. I am truly mesmerized by the outline of the vulture feathers. I'm sure this pattern will appear very soon on a piece of pottery. Perhaps a vulture platter or tile.
I worked on this double tower yesterday. The tower is constructed with strips of clay laid in a figure eight pattern so the two towers are interconnected. I think the gray dripped color came from all the rain we are having. I've discovered after making a tower that they lend themselves to squeezing. I think I'll do some squeezing with the next few and see where that leads.
Here's the side view so you can see the triple caps suspended on the top. I may make another double tower without any top cap, this one seems a little busy to my eye. Maybe it's all the color I chose to use; after firing that feeling may change. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.