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Art by Fire hosts annual sale at Shepard Center

Huge event features handmade pottery, ceramics, glass and metalwork

Artful creations of all kinds will be on sale at the Art By Fire event at the Shepard Center this weekend.

Artful creations of all kinds will be on sale at the Art By Fire event at the Shepard Center this weekend. Courtesy Sacramento Potters Group

Looking for a one-of-a-kind vase to complement your flowers? How about a perfect pot – or other ceramic?

Find memorable, beautiful and unique containers (and a lot more) at the annual Sacramento Potters’ Group “Art by Fire” fall sale at Shepard Garden and Arts Center.

Set for Saturday, Oct. 28, this huge sale features handmade pottery, ceramics, glass and metalwork by local Sacramento artists at good prices.

Shepard Center will be packed with one-of-a-kind pieces by dozens of local craftspeople. You might even find a few pumpkins or other Halloween decorations as well as several holiday pieces.

The common theme: Everything was made with fire.

“Discover beautifully handcrafted treasures made by skilled, local artisans who use fire or extreme heat in the production of their work, such as clay, glass or metal,” say the organizers. “Find authentically made gifts. Bring a friend and enjoy some wonderful art.”

This sale also is a great place to do early holiday shopping – so many gift ideas! Besides pots and vases, find bowls, plates, teapots, mugs and countless other clay, glass and metalwork creations.

Art by Fire features more than 80 artists. Check out some of the participants here:

Sale hours will be 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.



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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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