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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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* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

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* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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