Alan G. Vigland set up Vigland Pottery in Benzonia, Michigan in 1968. He and his wife Susie; both studio potters, began with stoneware and later started working with the purest porcelain clay, dredged from a mine in England. His sculptures include lamps, dinnerware, vases and pitchers.
He has taught ceramics at Interlochen Arts Academy, as well as Michigan State University and Northwestern. He has also had much correspondence with Pewabic Pottery of Detroit.