Pretty much across the board, production potters are considered as craftsman, not artists. Production pottery is all about making hundreds or even thousands of the same form over and over again. Consistency is the name of the production pottery game.
Potters who create one-of-a-kind (also known as one-off) pieces tend to be much more difficult to classify, especially if their one-offs are functional, such as vases or even one-off mugs.
Then there are the pieces that are obviously sculptural. These are pretty easy to classify as art. But even then, there is a huge amount of technical know-how that is needed to bring that sculpture through its creation and firing.
How do you see yourself? Do you think of yourself as an artist? Do you see yourself as a craftsman? Or do you not think of the distinction at all? I'd love to hear your take on this question!