Look at the details of an old roof protected with traditional clay tiles called ‘tuile canal’, which were fabricated in clay, rolled and cut into rectangles, then curved to form a canal. The tilemaker used his own thigh as a mold thus creating a curve that was narrower on one end than the other. After shaping they were dried and fired.
On the roof, the first layer of tiles were placed upturned with the narrow end uppermost, ‘tuile courant’, creating rainwater channels which often needed to be stabilised with small pieces of stone. The second, third, sometimes fourth layers were downturned, forming a cap over the gaps, ‘tuile châpeau’.
Another example of utility and form, creating beauty.