I didn't feel I was entitled to say 'I am a potter." untill I realized that I spent most of my waking hours in the studio, , in clay, whether it was what I wanted to do at that exact time or not. In other words, when i knew the clay drove me, not me driving the clay, when it's ready, I'm there ,whether I have something else I might just as soon be doing at that moment.
Not to say that I don't enjoy most every minute of it, but that I have a disciplined approach to the time I spend in the studio, I'm not simple making what suits me on any given day, making what I want when I want to, but developing the body of work and following plans I've laid out for future work.
If I'm not in the studio, I'm on this forum, on you Tube looking at pottery videos or reading one of the clay magazines. Thinking and planning more pots. Can you say, Obsessed?
In my book, someone can have a fabulous studio and every tool and material and book and workshop ever made, but still not be a potter, but a hobbiest who gets their entertainment or group fun through clay. There is a difference in my mind, just hard to explain.