PBC Trading has gone through various transformations over the years. We originally began as a small start-up company producing crafts (candles, artwork etc.) in early 1986. This soon developed into a larger concern producing juggling and circus equipment. A series of shops were opened in Bristol, UK, which traded as Freaks Unlimited. We were only the second juggling shop to open in the UK and became for a while one of the biggest juggling shops in Europe with one of the largest ranges of juggling and circus products in the world, including the Freaks Unlimited own brand range.
The Freaks Unlimited range has always been associated with high quality, excellent design and durability, it is sold all around the world to professional performers and amateurs alike.
Our high street shops were eventually closed in favour of trading online, as this allows us to reach a wider market and savings in operating costs can be passed on to our customers
The original founder of the business, Paul Bohanna, has always had a strong personal interest in antique English ceramics and spent some time, previous to being in business, working in the archaeology department of the Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery. He is also a studio potter (or ‘Artist’ potter depending on your viewpoint) and has a combined 1st Class Honours degree in Business Computer Systems & Visual Arts Ceramics.
It was therefore natural that the internet soon provided the perfect outlet for selling antique ceramics and books on ceramics. Paul Bohanna Antiques was launched as a specialist company trading in antique ceramics and ceramics books.
The decision was made in late 2006 to divide the various trading activities into seperate identities with their own individual on-line shops. These now include the following businesses:
Freaks Unlimited (freaksunlimited.com)
Ceramics Books (ceramicsbooks.com)
Material Metrics (materialmetrics.com)