Thanks for the names and labels, everybody. I now have lots of epoxies and glues to check out, not only for strengthening, but also for attaching parts. I've used the 5 minute epoxy, but haven't seen the 2 ton epoxy!
John, if you look at my work, I think you'd have to agree that not many folks would say "Gee, I need TWO of those!" Nonetheless, I've thought about your suggestion and I think it's a good one. If nothing else, I can send one to a gallery and keep the other for the only show I do each year, the Piedmont Craftsmen Show in NC. And to be honest, I always look at a finished piece and think "Hmmm, if only I'd......." So if I follow your suggestion and make a couple at a time, I can try several sizes, proportions, colors, etc....
Angie, the fingers are spread as in a 'high five'. Not that I make sculptures of folks throwing 'high fives' around....... ! I don't know the grog size in the clay. It's Highwater Raku with a slight grog. I fired it to o6 to bisque and then to o6 after applying copper carbonate. I didn't use paper in the clay. For something that small, I don't usually like to use paper clay. I find it hard to get fine detail, despite first soaking the shredded toilet paper and then adding it to fine dried clay that has been reconstituted, and then using a food processor to whip it into a fine slip before drying. Yes, the hands broke after firing when the sculpture was knocked over. I've ground away most of what was left of the hands, and now I have to get a really smooth surface to join the new hands to. Anyone have a favorite grinding bit suggestion?
An image of the sculpture sans hands is attached. I could've gone with wing tips on the ends of the "arms" but human hands just seemed to work better with the stone textured, mountain referenced, human figure.... (what was I smoking, right?)