I spent all day on this thing (off and on) and it still doesn't suit me. I kept changing the design in mid-stream which resulted in an angular transition near the bottom of the cup, the finial is too heavy and the pictures still look crappy. Other than that, I like it okay.
The cup and lid are Mulberry that a friend gave me. It's tough stuff to turn. Finish on it is Mylands with Renaissance wax for good measure. The pedestal is Dogwood (I had a scrap chunk) and I used shoe polish to ebonize it...a first for me. It got a coat of spray lacquer from a rattle can.
The best thing about this piece is that LOML likes it.