The premises that have been turned into museum where glass and clay works are on display were built about 90 years ago upon orders of Ahmad Qavam (Qavam-oi-Saltaneh) for his personal lodging (residence and work office). The building is situated in a garden with span of 7,000 square meters and was used by Qavam himself till the year 1953. Later the building were sold to the Egyptians as the new premises for the Embassy of Egypt and remained in their possession for seven years. When relations were strained between Iran and Egypt at the time of Abdul Nasser and subsequent to the closure of Egyptian embassy in Iran, the commercial Bank purchased the building. However, it was sold to Farah Pahlavi's bureau in 1976 and was turned into a museum by three groups of Iranian, Austrian and French architects. The museum was opened in 1980 and was registered in the list of national heritage in 1998.The main establishment of the museum that occupies an area of 1040 square meters is a two-story octagonal building with suspended pillars and basement. It is situated on the entrance side of premises. The architecture style of the building is a combination of the traditional Iranian style and the European architecture of the 19th century. The first floor is connected to the second one through the wooden steps in Russian style. Prior to the time when the building was transferred into Egyptian Embassy, the entrance of the museum was doomed-shaped but was later flattened. Parts of the walls in the basement are decorated in traditional style with big tiles. Double windows have been used in the architecture of the building instead of the terrace and wooden doors have been installed behind the windowpanes in order to regulate the light and temperature of the interior of the building. The exterior and interior of the museum comprise such decorations as brick works, plaster works, mirror works and inlaid works.
About 50 types of bricks in various designs and with different geometric and floral patterns have been used in the exterior of the building and reminiscent of the fine arts of the Seljuk era.
The interior plaster works belong to three periods:
1. Plaster work dating back to the time of the construction of the building (Qavam-ol-Saltaneh) that could be seen in parts of the entrance hall and some other halls.
2. Plaster works that were made at the time when the building was turned into the Egyptian embassy examples of which could be seen at the Mina and Bolour halls as well as in the basement.
3. Plaster works that were made in 1984 by the Islamic Republic as a combination of calligraphy and painting that could be seen in the entrance hall of the second floor.
Mirror works in citron-like or geometric designs could be seen in the second floor of the museum on the borders of plaster works.
Inlaid works could be seen on doors and margins of the steps mostly in floral designs.
Historical works on display at the Glassware and Ceramic museum
The collection of glass and clay works that are on display at the museum is among the rare collections in Iran. It comprises clay pots dating back from the 4th millennium BC up to the present time as well as glass works from the 1st millennium BC up to the contemporary era. European glass work belonging to the 18th and 19th centuries is also parts of the collection. The collection is on display in six halls and two entrance halls in separated sections depicting different historical eras and subjects.
The training courses
The glassware museum has allocated space for training courses. Thus it is possible to teach various fields of art that are related to the museum. The main training services the museum offers are pottery and glass work for the school age children and the adults.
The museum library
There is a professional library was built on the recent years located on the northwest side of the museum yard, including 4,000 books in the field of Archaeology and art history.