“Happiness in the Making” is presented in three sections — first and foremost, there are Li's signature chubby ceramic figures; then a new series of ceramic figures and pieces that were the result of an artist-in-residence programme at the Shigaraki Cultural Ceramics Park in Shigaraki, Japan, from August to November 2016; and lastly, Li set up a gallery, “Gallery Mirage”, inside the exhibition hall.
Having been a practitioner of ceramics for many years, Li has consistently and regularly made pairs of male and female figurines, invariably rotund in figure. Time and again Li has tried adding more heft to them, only to find them too clumsy-looking or found them too thin. Ultimately they are still a long way away from Li’s ideal of the portly, down-to-earth, simple folk. Hence her constant efforts in perfecting their form. The process of finding the “ideal” balance in her figures has been endlessly fascinating and has given her infinite joy. As Confucius says, “Is it not happiness to study and to practice what you have learnt?”