I agree that should a monkey's fist actually resemble a hand, it would be easier to model it; however, I should have been more clear. In nautical terms, this is a monkey's fist. If it turns out I would use the design more than the once so I guess creating a mould would be my best bet. So I'm thinking to make the mould I could press clay around an existing MF, allow it to stiffen a bit, split in half, and bisque my resulting mould.
I finally gave in to pressure from a few orders and sat down at my wheel this week. I threw a bunch of stuff but here is a few of the things drying for the bisque. Now if I could just get motivated to do some glazing. I have about 4 kiln loads of bisque ware sitting on the shelves waiting for the mood to hit. I hate glazing.