The problem was never entirely resolved. I managed to do repair work but the scars could not be completely hidden. But I decided to finish the piece anyway.
If you look closely at the knees you can see the repaired cracks.
This view shows the bowl's interior. I might make similar bowl in the future.
I discussed this work with a couple of local galleries. As a saleable item in the popular market the cracks detract from the piece's value. But as an object d' Art the cracks add to the aesthetic. Interesting, - hmm? In the event I've wrapped it up to preserve it because, for all its faults, I like it.