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About us...

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2015 A surprising milestone in 2015 was achieving 

2 million jars of colour sold to date, and that jar was hidden in the middle of a 13 pallet shipment for export to a new reseller/distributor in New Jersey USA.

(We were considering keeping it but it was not pink!) 

Colour lab have now been exporting LucidColour and Mafia Pigments to Antartica (for coating repairs) and to half the countries of the world. Earlier in the year we sent an order to Iraq and this became the 100th country of export proving colour specifications is a new normal.

This also indicated that specialised pigments are very hard to source even 15 years later after Luke started to make colour for himself for the exact same problem. This is why we work with every customer as life without colour is impossible and specific shades of colour are always needed. We love to work with all creative types, micro, small or medium size manufacturers/makers, 

and all clients and customers anywhere in the world.

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2002 . Demand for color pigments requires more space, famous and emerging artists start to line up at the back loading dock covered in graffiti and also tag as "The Colour Lab". The local artists have spoken! The art

studio becomes half colour laboratory half art space.

A dedication of pigment manufacturing increases for local and artists across the USA. Penny blue becomes the most demanded pigment... God bless the US penny for how much it gives to making colour, this is how you can help emerging artist with cheap colour, there is no cheaper way to making Phthalocyanine Blue and also that Blue + a little bromide chem into a Phthalo green for just a few pennies, some acid and few other things. It was a fond memory back in the 1980's melting a few 1 & 2 cent pieces in some acid as a kid, sadly some mint 1968 2 cent coins :-(.  Now I know why back in Australia in 1992 the little copper coins were not minted anymore. (10+ cents to mint a 1 cent coin). Electric wire offcuts may be our next cheap source for the future?

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2001 The Art Studio named "The Original Plastic Recycler!" in New York arts districts, comes to life! It all started with a passion for recycling plastic. Taking every last dollar saved in 1999-2000 Luke purchased

a welding machine and some metal working tools to make moulds and machines to process loads of free plastic waste piling up and left on the sidewalks in New York City. A process of transforming "trash to treasure" using heat and pressure plus a little bit of chemistry was developed in 2001. New processes were to make sure the waste plastic looked new and colourful. There were no shops, traders or places to purchase a jar of colour, not only a specific grade of colour that will work in a mix of seven different plastics that do not want to mix together let alone accept colour in a homogeneous way. Now comes that time when you have to make your own colour pigments from scratch! With a long history of childhood experiments with acids & metals, a degree in electrochemistry,  the solution is to set up a chemistry set in my art studio. The chem set in the studio certainly has been the catalyst to educating all artists to the technical chemistry of colour and where pigments come from, the lab or a hole in the earth. 

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