Born in 1957 in North London, Pauline Monkcom grew up in the Caribbean, an experience which was to be an important influence on her work.

In 1980 after working as a gardener for several years, Pauline moved to Glasbury on Wye near the Welsh border and went on to study ceramics at Hereford College of Art and Design.

In 1982, she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Ceramics from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC) and completed the MA Ceramics programme in 1986.

Having experimented with reduced lustre glazes whilst a student, she set-up a studio at her home in Cardiff and began to research the technique in more depth.

The award of a Winston Churchill Travelling scholarship in 1992 enabled further research into architectural ceramics and lustreware in Portugal and Southern Spain. An Arts Council of Wales Career Development Grant in 2002 allowed time for development of screen printing combined with glaze techniques.

She exhibits widely and has work in several National collections, including the International Collection of the Welsh Assembly.

In 2007, Pauline moved to Ammanford, West Wales where she lives and works from a studio on the foothills of the Black Mountains.