HP research award series: Crangon Crangon

A research about the Dutch shrimp and its industry in today’s society, culture, ecology and globalized economy.

The bulk of Dutch shrimp is fished in the Netherlands, transported to Morocco to be peeled (due to lower labour costs) and then shipped back again to Europe for consumption. 60-70% of a shrimpconsits of its shell and it is therefor not completely consumed. After the opening of a large peeling centre in Groningen, where shrimps are peeled by machine, there has been a significant local increase in shrimp waste.

For consumers, this production and resulting waste is invisible and they are far removed from the issue. I explored the world of the Dutch shrimp and investigated through material experimentation, producing new applications using the shrimp waste. The project delves into the chemistry and biology of shrimp shells and the valuable substances that can be derived from them. The project shows practical design research, using shrimp waste to form a new effect into ceramic glaze.

The Crangon Crangon shells are a special material that is usually perceived as waste, can be used in a wide range of applications
Crangon Crangon © 2017
Developed by Hybrid Publishing,
Willem de Kooning Academy
Text © Jade Ruijzenaars (
Photography © Philip Grobler (pp.7, 13),
Sofie van Esch (pp.4, 8, 14), Jade Ruijzenaars (p. 10)
All rights reserved
ISBN 978-94-92479-04-4

Author: Jade Ruijzenaars
Editor: Renée Turner
Proofreading and corrections: Johanna Monk
Coordinator: Kimmy Spreeuwenberg
Illustrations: Marrit van Nattem
Research and art direction: Silvio Lorusso
Design: Niels Vrijdag
Printed by: Pantheon drukkers