I happen to work in the "decorative art" of ceramics, because that's where my heart and background come together. I would love to be able to make a teapot, casserole, or anything functional with ease that I see (or infer) in works by other potters. I am in awe of those of you who can sit down and make six bowls that not only look like a set, but stack one within the other. I make functional work sometimes that I'm willing to sign my name to, but not on a regular basis.
Because my background is primarily in sculpture & painting, I tend to use clay for those purposes--either as a sculpture or as a canvas for painting. I hope that there are potters who, like me, work in a narrow slice of ceramics art and fully admire those whose sense of art has broadened their interest and endeavors. Regardless of whether you consider yourself an artist or artisan I hold you in high regard for the simple fact that once you entered the art arena, you've not backed up one bit.