Carroll Dorrell-Hightower is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She and her husband William relocated to Colorado Springs in the spring of 1994 as a result of having been exposed to the area through visits with her father-in-law, the late Emory Hightower, who was the mayor of Palmer Lake, Colorado.
Carroll was introduced to pottery while volunteering at the Colorado Springs Senior Center. There she saw pottery being done for the first time by her good friend, Ken Tanner. Thereafter she took her first classes under the guidance of Jennifer Hanson; and later with master potter instructors Lance Timco and Mike Janes.
Carroll’s enthusiasm for pottery has developed quickly and substantially and she has become a familiar face in many venues. For example, her works in clay have gained first place at The Artists’ Liar display in Colorado Springs. In addition, her endeavors have juried-in and sold at the Common Wheel Gallery in Manitou Springs and at several Colorado Springs Senior Center events. Her works were shown at the 2007 Colorado Springs Airport Exhibition, the 2008 Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, winning one third place and two honorable mentions.