John, it looks like you've done a pretty nice job. I'd love to see another pic from a lower angle so that we can see the profile of the piece better. Can't tell, but it looks like your curve reverses a bit toward the bottom. I think it would be even more pleasing to the eye if your curve continued all the way down. But, that's just a guess since we really can't see the actual profile. However, generally this looks very nice and that you are well on your way.
hard to answer your question..are those designs through or on surface? Do you know about buffing your finishes? Might want to learn about that..I think the vessel is pretty good for a newbie turner. Keep at it..it does get easier..keep looking at websites and see what others post & say ..you'll pick it up. Good luck & thanks for sharing your journey